A Big Island mayoral candidate with a checkered legal past was arrested on Friday following an assault earlier in the month in the parking lot of Home Depot in Hilo.
Michael Glendon, 38, is charged with third-degree assault, deadly weapons prohibited, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and refusal to provide ingress or egress stemming from a bizarre disturbance outside the store on July 7.
His bail is set at $7,000.
Glendon, who reportedly admitted to the incident in a Facebook video, is scheduled to make his initial appearance Monday in Hilo District Court.
Glendon, one of 15 candidates running for mayor, was arrested with two others for the offenses, the Hawaii Police Department said in a statement on Saturday. Also arrested with the Volcano man were 24-year-old Kalena Hoopii, of Volcano, and, 31-year-old Kamea-Aloha Wong, of Mountain View.
Big Island police arrested Michael Glendon after responding to a disturbance at the Hilo Home Depot.
Police said the incident began around 1:10 p.m. that day when South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a call of a disturbance at the store. Upon arrival, they were contacted by Hoopii, who reported that she had exited the store and noticed a zip-tie attached to her vehicle.
In recent weeks, rumors and stories have been reported on social media regarding zip-ties on vehicles being connected to possible abductions and human trafficking, which police said they could not verify as credible.
But, according to the department, Hoopii reported that she had left the area that afternoon and then returned a short time later and blocked one of the store’s parking lot entrances with her vehicle.
At that time, a 55-year-old Pahoa man was attempting to exit the parking lot and reportedly entered Hoopii’s vehicle in an attempt to move it, she said.
Hoopii told officers she confronted the man who then reportedly assaulted her. The man was subsequently arrested for second-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, and third-degree assault.
However, police continued investigating. The department said after reviewing hours of video surveillance from Home Depot and interviewing witnesses, it determined that Hoopii pulled into the parking lot, exited her vehicle, went into the store and never returned to her vehicle.
Instead, when she entered the store, she met up with Wong and then reported to a store associate that there was a zip-tie placed on her vehicle while she was within the store.
Glendon was observed on surveillance video entering the parking lot approximately one minute after Hoopii, according to police. He then blocked two of the parking lot entrances with vehicles. Glendon is then seen on surveillance video moving Hoopii’s vehicle and parking it to block the Railroad Avenue parking lot entrance.
From the time Hoopii exited her vehicle, until Glendon moved it, no one else touched her vehicle, police said. Once all three parking lot entrances were blocked, Glendon was observed walking around the parking lot with a “lei o mano,” which is a Hawaiian shark tooth war club.
Glendon, Wong and Hoopii, were then reportedly observed in the video assaulting the 55-year-old Pahoa man, who was attempting to exit the parking lot.
According to police, the victim was initially punched in the face by Hoopii, and then tackled to the ground by Wong. Glendon then approached with the lei o mano and repeatedly punched the man about the head, face and upper body.
Glendon is a Hawaiian Homes beneficiary who protested the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. He hasn’t filed a campaign disclosure report this election season and did not take part in a mayoral candidate forum last week, although he participated in one held June 25.
Glendon reportedly posted a Facebook video on July 8, the day after the encounter, in which he admitted that he and his girlfriend, Hoopii, used their vehicles to block vehicles from entering and exiting the Home Depot parking lot. They then went through the lot to search for an alleged abductor.
A call Saturday to the number listed on Glendon’s candidate filing report went straight to voicemail and would not accept new messages. He did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Twice in the last 10 years Glendon has been acquitted of criminal charges by reason of mental incapacity, including for a nonfatal stabbing in 2011.
On Thursday, Hoopii was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, and unsworn falsification to authorities. Her bail was set at $2,000. Wong was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. His bail was set at $2,000.
Prior to the trio’s arrests, on July 13, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney dropped all charges against the 55-year-old Pahoa man.
Police could not confirm any validity to claims of zip ties associated with trafficking or any other lawbreaking in this case, or any other, but said that reporting such fallacies may not only be illegal, but also can spread unnecessary fear within a community.
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