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Big Island police charge man accused of threatening judge

Ronald Joseph Kong Ronald Joseph Kong
MOUNTAIN VIEW, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 33-year-old Puna man has been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, possessing explosive devices and prohibited weapons, and slew of other counts.

But Ronald Joseph Kong wasn't charged in connection with the alleged threat he made against a Big Island judge. Hawaii Island police said that case is pending further investigation.

Kong's bail was set at $467,000 and his initial court appearance is set for Wednesday. 

Altogether, Kong was charged with nearly 40 counts, including assault, drug charges, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, abuse of a household member and other firearms charges. Police are also conferring with federal agencies on possible federal charges.

Kong was arrested about 11:45 p.m. Sunday in Puna, after being sought by police for several days.

Police issued an alert on Jan. 14 asking for the public’s help in locating Kong, who they described as "extremely dangerous" and possibly armed.

Police took Kong's threats against the judge seriously after they allegedly found illegal guns and an explosive device in a truck he was driving.

A manhunt for Kong kicked off Jan. 12, when officers stopped a Toyota pickup truck Kong was driving on Route 11 in Mountain View. Kong fled on foot into thick vegetation.

Kong remains in a Hilo police cellblock. 

The passenger in the stolen vehicle, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree hindering prosecution, but was released pending investigation.

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