09-11-20 Kailua-Kona knife incident results in numerous charges

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kona Patrol
Acting Sergeant Leonard Warren
Phone: (808) 326-4646, ext. 253
Report No. 20-069202


Media Release

On Thursday (September 10) at approximately 11:06 a.m., Kona Patrol Officers were dispatched to the seawall fronting a business in the 75-5600 block of Aliʻi Drive, Kailua-Kona for a report of an affray involving two males. A Security Officer reported that one of the males was swinging around a knife and was trying to stab the other male. As the first officer arrived on scene, bystanders were pointing at one of the males, stating, “He has a knife!” This male suspect that the bystanders were pointing towards was later identified as 33-year-old Westen Tegman.

The officer observed Tegman chasing a female across Aliʻi Drive, holding what appeared to be a knife, raised above his head while chasing her. The 40-year-old female victim was obviously in distress and ran towards the rear passenger side of the officers vehicle, screaming and shouting. Tegman, who was still chasing after her and was now approximately 2-3 feet behind the woman, was still wielding the knife-type weapon.

Tegman then attempted to flee north on Aliʻi Drive, where verbal commands were given by officers  for Tegman to drop the knife. The suspect disregarded these commands and he was subsequently arrested after an officer utilized his Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW).

After further investigations and conferring with Prosecutors, Westen Tegman was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Terroristic Threatening in the 1st degree, 2 counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Revocation-Modification of Probation Conditions, and Revocation of Conditions of Release on Bail. His total bail is set at $74,000.

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