Hawaiʻi Police Department
Lieutenant Jeremie Evangelista
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 296
Report No. C14006666
A Kona man has been charged with assault in connection with a confrontation on a commercial dive boat.
In response to a 12:04 p.m. call Tuesday (March 11), officers learned that an unknown man had reportedly boarded a boat in waters off Kohanaiki Beach Park while a dive tour was in progress. He reportedly argued with the 54-year-old male captain, punched him and then jumped off the boat.
Police investigation led to the identity of a suspect, 39-year-old Cheyenne James Gaspar of Kailua-Kona, who turned himself in at the Kona police station Thursday (March 13). He was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and then released from custody after posting $1,000 bail.