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Kailua-Kona man charged for vandalism at Mauna Kea telescope

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MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 30-year-old Kailua-Kona man has been charged for allegedly damaging a fencing, a building and vehicles at a Mauna Kea radio-telescope antenna.

The incident happened about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and police named the suspect as James Coleman.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal property damage, and was being held at the South Hilo cellblock pending further investigation. His bail has been set at $84,000.

The incident happened at the Very Long Baseline Array installation, which is three miles below the summit. It was not damaged, and array employees were uninjured.

Following the incident, officials closed Mauna Kea Access Road.

The VLBA consists of 10 telescopes from Hawaii to the Virgin Islands. It is controlled remotely from New Mexico.

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