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2 men charged in Puna home invasion

Published On: Jul 16 2013 02:28:34 PM HST

Dustin J. Jose (left), Jack A. Vaughn

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police are investigating a home invasion robbery Friday night in Puna.

In response to a 9:37 p.m. call, Puna Patrol officers learned that three masked men had encountered a male resident outside a home on 30th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Police say one man reportedly assaulted the resident and another man reportedly entered the house and assaulted a woman trying to protect a child. As the woman fought back, the masked men grabbed a purse and a backpack and fled in a pickup truck.

Responding officers located a truck matching the description of the suspects' vehicle and arrested 31-year-old Dustin J. Jose of Kailua-Kona and 31-year-old Jack A. Vaughn of Kailua-Kona. They were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 9:05 p.m. Saturday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Jose with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. They charged Vaughn with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree assault.

The men remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance on Monday.

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