Big Island police have arrested three men in connection with the robbery of a 35-year-old Kailua-Kona man shortly after he exited a Hele-On Bus on February 23.
The three men reportedly followed the victim off the bus in Kailua-Kona, pushed him to the ground, stole his backpack containing the drug hashish and fled on foot. The victim sustained abrasions to his legs from the struggle.
Police arrested 19-year-old Skyler DeLeon of Kailua-Kona on March 2 and 19-year-old Taei Mu of Kailua-Kona on March 4. Both men were released pending further investigation, which will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.
On Thursday (March 10), police arrested a third suspect, 19-year-old Joshua Kalili of Hōnaunau, and charged him with second-degree robbery. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $25,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.
Detectives also initiated a promotion of a harmful drug case in connection with the hashish. That case is still under investigation.
Big Island police are looking for witnesses who were riding a Hele-On bus shortly before one of the riders was robbed after exiting.
A 35-year-old Kailua-Kona man reported that he boarded a southbound bus on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. He got off on Hawaii Belt Road just north of Haukapila Street.
Three men reportedly followed him off the bus, pushed him to the ground, stole his backpack containing the drug hashish and fled on foot. The victim sustained abrasions to his legs from the struggle.
Police want to question Hele-On passengers who witnessed the actions of any of the four men before they exited the bus. Passengers are asked to call Detective Sharlotte Bird at 326-4646, extension 228, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.