Waianae man charged with threatening to kill Hawaii Congresswomen

Waianae man charged with threatening to kill Hawaii Congresswomen
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Waianae man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill two Hawaii Congresswoman and shoot at people at the Honolulu federal building.

Keahiokahonua Stewart, 36, now lives in Tennessee. Federal agents arrested him at his home Friday morning.

According to a complaint filed in the case, Stewart sent emails and videos beginning last month in which he allegedly threatened to shoot people at the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole federal building in Honolulu.

Prosecutors allege that the specific targets of the threats were U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, both Democrats.

Within hours of his arrest in Tennessee, Honolulu federal agents were at the home of Stewart's parents on Leihoku Street in Waianae.

According to Matthew McDonald of the Honolulu FBI office, agents were executing a search warrant to assist their mainland counterparts.

Federal court documents say Stewart started contacting various government officials years ago because he thought his Social Security Number was being used by someone else and that was making it difficult for him to get his veteran's benefits.

Hawaii News Now saw FBI and ATF agents searching the family's Waianae home. Stewart reportedly posted online that gun silencers were being stored at the home.

Court documents also say that a Walther PPX pistol was sent to the address.

And in a separate post, the complaint says, Stewart posted that, "My other baby going to Waianae!" referring to a disassembled A-R 15 rifle.

Neighbors expressed shock after the raid Friday.

Roman Terry, who lives close to the home, knows Stewart's mother as an educator.

"She's a very sweet lady," he said, adding that he can't believe the family would have anything to do with a murder plot.

Sources say the family did cooperate with authorities, even helping them locate the weapons.

Stewart is charged with threatening to murder a United States official and transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat.

If convicted, he faces 10 years in prison for the first charge and 5 years for the second.

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