Fugitive Apprehended at Football Game 09-23-00

PHONE: 966-5835
SEPTEMBER 23, 2000


A fugitive who failed to appear for a court appearance in Kona was arrested Saturday (September 23, 2000) while watching a football game at Pahoa School in Puna.

John J. Bondaug Jr., 39, was arrested without incident at 2:25 p.m. after he was recognized by a Puna police officer who had seen his photograph in a flyer issued by the Honolulu Sheriff’s Office.

Bondaug was transported to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center, where he was held without bail.

The fugitive had been released on parole on April 14, 1999. He violated the terms of his parole when he left Oahu sometime after that date and traveled to the Big Island.

On September 14, 2000, Bondaug was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a deadly weapon and criminal property damage in Kealakehe, Kona. He posted the $7,500 bail, but failed to appear for a September 21 court appearance.

Bondaug was originally convicted of murder in a slaying that occurred in July 1980. During the incident, Bondaug and two other males lured a male victim into their car, then beat, stabbed and choked him to death. At his trial, Bondaug pleaded no contest to murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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