Kona Man Indicted With Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery, and Other Charges

27 year-old Dyllan Paulo-Leslie was indicted on 24 charges stemming from incidents that occurred in Kona.

On November 10, 2022, a masked man, later identified as Paulo-Leslie, allegedly brandished a firearm during a robbery at a restaurant in Kona’s Kaloko Industrial Park. He and a female fled the scene in a Toyota Tacoma which was later involved in a traffic collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Route 190 and Hina Lani Street. Paulo-Leslie then allegedly discharged a firearm at a police officer responding to the traffic collision, striking the rear driver’s side tire of the officer’s police vehicle. He was later arrested at a residence on Old Mamalahoa Highway.

Paulo-Leslie is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Kona Circuit Court today.  He remains in custody in lieu of $1.5 million bail in these proceedings.

As the Indictment alleges, Paulo-Leslie, who has six prior felony convictions, was charged with the following offenses: Attempted Murder in the First Degree; Robbery in the First Degree; Reckless Endangering in the Second Degree; three counts of Terroristic Threatening in the FirstDegree; two counts of Carrying or Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Separate Felony; two counts of Ownership or Possession of Firearm Prohibited; two counts of Ownership or Possession of Ammunition Prohibited; two counts of Carrying or Possessing a Loaded Firearm on a Public Highway; two counts of Place to Keep Pistol or Revolver; two counts of Place to Keep Ammunition; Theft in the Second Degree; Criminal Property Damage in the First Degree; Manufacturing, Purchasing, or Obtaining Firearm Parts to Assemble a Firearm Having No Serial Number; Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the Second Degree; Driving Without a License; and Inattention to Driving. Attempted Murder in the First Degree carries a penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Robbery in the First Degree and Carrying or Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Separate Felony are both class A felony offenses which are usually punishable by a twenty-year prison term; however, Prosecutors have provided a notice of an intention to seek an extended term of imprisonment for an indeterminate life term of imprisonment for those charges.

The case was initiated by Kona Patrol while the felony investigation was handled by
Detective Sheldon Nakamoto and members of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section, Hawai‘i Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Kaua Jackson and Kate Perazich.

The charges are merely allegations, and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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