Hawaii Island Police have arrested a woman within the Leilani Estates subdivision after it was discovered that she had unlawfully taken up residence in an unfinished house under construction on Alapai Street.

On Thursday morning, a homeowner contacted police after encountering the woman on her property with indications that unauthorized persons had frequented that location in the past.

Police arrived and located 36-year-old Jami Leonard within the structure, which was located within a County designated zone declared for residents only. Leonard was arrested and charged with one count of first degree Criminal Trespass and one count of Loitering and Refusal to Evacuate. Her bail has been set at $750 and she remains at the Detention Center in Hilo awaiting her court appearance.

Hawaii Island Police will continue to vigorously enforce Lava Restrictions in an effort to protect the public.