Kawaihae man charged with 23 offenses

Published On: Jan 13 2014 03:16:48 PM HST

Martin Frank Booth

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -

A 55-year-old Kawaihae man, who was being sought on a grand jury warrant for assault, has been located and charged with an additional 23 offenses, according to Big Island police.

Martin Frank Booth, 55, was arrested last Thursday on the warrant and charged with the additional offenses on Friday.

On Dec. 18, police executed a search warrant at a home on Honokoa Street in Kawaihae.  During the search, officers recovered 8.1 grams of a crystalline substance, 128 grams of dried green plant material, a rifle and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Russell Kong, 66, of Kawaihae, 38-year-old Keoni Kong of Kamuela and 62-year-old Graly Vasconcellos of Hilo were arrested at the scene and later released pending further investigation.  Booth, who lived at the house, was not present at the scene.  Police continued to search for him. 

On Dec. 29, Kona Patrol officers responded to a Kinue Road home in Captain Cook after a woman reported being threatened with a firearm by an unknown man who had then fled in a sedan.  Officers later located the car on Highway 11 in Captain Cook.  It was being operated by 39-year-old Regina Patrick of Kealakekua.  A male occupant fled on foot.

Police arrested Patrick on an outstanding $250 bench warrant and charged her with contempt of court.  She was also arrested on suspicion of promoting dangerous drugs but was released on that offense pending further investigation.

Vice officers executed a search warrant on the car and recovered a loaded pistol, an unloaded shotgun, numerous rounds of ammunition, 18.7 grams of a crystalline substance, 0.9 grams of dried green plant material, 40 prescription pills, brass knuckles, several large knives, and paraphernalia associated with the use and sale of crystal methamphetamine.

Police investigation determined that Booth had previously been in the car and that he was the person responsible for the threatening incident.  Officers continued their search for him.

At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, police located Booth at a home on Luau Drive in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.  He was arrested and charged in connection with the $2,000 Grand Jury bench warrant for second-degree assault and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Vice Section continued the investigation into the drug, weapons and threatening offenses.

At 5:15 p.m. Friday, detectives charged Booth with meth trafficking, eight counts of promoting dangerous drugs, promoting controlled substances near a school, three counts of promoting detrimental drugs, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, six firearm offenses and terroristic threatening.  His bail was set at $266,000.  He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday.

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