Big Island Police Charge Man In Connection to Robbery at Kona Restaurant

Hawai´i Island police have charged a man in connection with a robbery Wednesday night at a restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Klay Brian Bensch

Klay Brian Bensch

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (September 11), after the restaurant had closed, an unknown man entered the premises near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway, approached a female employee from behind, threatened her with a weapon, forced her into another room and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and on Tuesday (September 17) arrested 30-year-old Klay Brian Bensch, of Kailua-Kona on suspicion of robbery.

On Wednesday (September 18), Bensch was charged with first–degree robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, second-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $29,000.

He is being held at the Kona cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (September 19).

 

Big Island Credit Union Robber Turns Himself In

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery Thursday afternoon (May 30) at a credit union in Pepeʻekeo.

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Investigation of the 1 p.m. robbery at the Hāmākua Coast Community Federal Credit Union led to the identity of a suspect, 37-year-old Kris R. Villasista of Honomū.

While police were conducting an islandwide search for Villasista, he turned himself in at the Kona police station at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, theft and terroristic threatening. He was then moved to the Hilo police cellblock, where he remains in custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this case call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man Who Was Wanted in Connection With Robbery of Taxi Driver

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested and charged 31-year-old Bernard K. Antoque, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a taxi driver in Hilo.

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque

Antoque, who has no permanent address, was arrested Thursday evening (April 11) on suspicion of robbery and held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:40 p.m. Friday (April 12), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged him with first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $37,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Monday (April 15).

On April 6, at 10:07 a.m., police received a report from a 59-year-old taxi driver that after he picked up a fare in the Banyan Drive area, he transported him to the Mountain View area in Puna. The fare claimed he did not have money to pay for the ride and asked to be taken to another location. After the driver refused, the fare assaulted and threatened the driver and took the driver’s bag containing cash. The driver forced the fare out of the cab and drove to Keaʻau to report the robbery to police.

The victim was initially treated by Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics. He was later treated at Hilo Medical Center for minor injuries and released.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Taxi Driver

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 31-year-old Hilo man wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery of a taxi driver in Hilo.

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque is described as part Hawaiian, about 5-foot-6, about 175 pounds with a fair complexion, short black hair and brown eyes. He has a piercing below his lower lip and numerous tattoos on his neck, chest, abdomen, arms and legs.

On April 6, at 10:07 a.m., police received a report from a 59-year-old taxi driver that after he picked up a fare in the Banyan Drive area, he transported him to the Mountain View area in Puna. The fare claimed he did not have money to pay for the ride and asked to be taken to another location. After the driver refused, the fare assaulted and threatened the driver and took the driver’s bag containing cash. The driver forced the fare out of the cab and drove to Keaʻau to report the robbery to police.

The victim was initially treated by Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics. He was later treated at Hilo Medical Center for minor injuries and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as second-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or who may know the whereabouts of Antoque call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or email him at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Seeking Two Suspects in Hilo Robbery

Big Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two suspect’s in a reported robbery that occurred in Hilo.
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On Thursday evening (February 14) at 9:58 p.m., police received a report from a 20-year-old Hilo man that stated that he was approached by a female and a local looking male while he was sitting in the grassy area north of the Manono Mini Mart. The victim related that he was then threatened by the local male if he did not give the male his iPad and EBT card. The victim, fearing for his safety turned over the items to the local male who then left the area with the female in a dark colored sport utility vehicle which was last seen traveling on Manono Street towards Kamehameha Avenue. The victim did not sustain any injuries during this incident.

The male suspect is described as being Puerto Rican, in his mid-30’s, with short black hair, 5-foot-8, 145 pounds, and wearing a dark colored jacket. The female is described as Caucasian, in her mid-20’s, with long blond hair, and was wearing a white colored shirt with a blue jacket.

Officers from the South Hilo Patrol Division are continuing the investigation, which has been classified as a second degree robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Officer Cobile at 961-2213 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.

 

Big Island Police Charge 18-Year-Old Hilo Man in Connection with Kolekole Beach Park Robbery

Detectives have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from an early morning robbery at Kolekole Beach Park in Hilo.

Tyler Kamanao Taylor

Tyler Kamanao Taylor

On Friday evening (February 8, 2013) at 9:05 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, Tyler Kamanao Taylor of Hilo was charged for first degree robbery, third degree criminal property damage, two counts of first degree terroristic threatening, two counts of first degree unlawful imprisonment, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and two counts of second degree theft. Total bail for Taylor was set at $121,000.00 and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

On February 6, 2013 at about 4:54 am, police received a report that a 29-year-old female victim and a 29-year-old male victim were camping at the Kolekole Beach Park when they were awakened by a male suspect who entered their tent. The suspect threatened them with a knife before taking several of their possessions and also demanded the keys to a rental vehicle that was parked nearby.

The suspect left the area in the rental vehicle, which is described as a white 2012 Ford Mustang coupe with license plate #HMX-973. The vehicle was found abandoned in the upper Wainaku area and has since been recovered by police.

Both victims walked to a nearby residence to call police and were uninjured during the incident.

Big Island Police Arrest 23-Year-Old Hilo Woman in Connection with Robbery This Morning

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Hilo woman in connection with a robbery Thursday morning (January 31) in Downtown Hilo.

Shortly after noon, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at 11:50 a.m. at a business at the corner of Keawe Street and Furneaux Lane.

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They learned that a 33-year-old female employee had been accosted by a woman who displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen driving away in a white pickup truck.

Through the license plate number, police determined the identity and location of the person who was driving the truck. At 12:30 p.m., they arrested 23-year-old Tia Nohealani Menino of Hilo on Makaʻala Street in the Hilo industrial area.

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this robbery call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380. Detective Morimoto may also be reached by email at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Kona Man Charged With 11 Offenses as a Result of Robbery Investigation

A Kona man has been charged with 11 offenses as the result of a robbery investigation.

On December 16, police responded to a 7:30 p.m. report of a robbery. Responding officers determined that the victim, a 36-year-old Ocean View man, was confronted by the suspect as the victim was coming out of a garage access area at Kona Plaza in downtown Kailua-Kona. The suspect grabbed cash from the victim’s hand and ran away.

The victim chased the suspect to the parking lot of Coconut Grove Marketplace, where the suspect began striking the victim repeatedly with a metal chain, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to gain possession of the chain and the suspect fled the area.

Jacob DeMasters

Jacob DeMasters

Investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section determined the identity of the suspect, 31-year-old Jacob DeMasters of Kailua-Kona, who was located and arrested Tuesday (January 15).

Wednesday (January 16), DeMasters was charged with robbery, assault and theft. He was also charged with three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of promoting a harmful drug, one count of promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia for items that were in the car he was in at the time of his arrest.

DeMasters was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $18,750 bail until his initial court appearance Thursday (January 17).

 

Big Island Police Arrest Fourth Suspect in Connection with Kona Robbery

Hawaiʻi County police have arrested and charged a fourth suspect in connection with a robbery in a parking lot at Aliʻi Sunset Plaza in the early morning of November 26.

Kekoa Duguran

Kekoa Duguran

At 2:25 a.m. Tuesday (December 18), police arrested 22-year-old Kekoa Duguran of Kailua-Kona. At 6 p.m., Duguran was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and third-degree theft. He was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $76,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (December 19).

A 26-year-old Kealakekua man reported that after he met a local man at a bar, the man took him to the northwest corner of the parking lot to meet with five or six males. They punched and kicked the victim and stole his backpack before fleeing on foot.

The victim was treated at Kona Community Hospital for a fractured jaw and minor cuts and scrapes.

Police continue to ask for help from anyone who witnessed the attack or saw the victim talking with a local male in the Coconut Grove area. The victim was wearing shorts and a striped tank top and was carrying a backpack.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Arrest Third Suspect in Connection With Kona Robbery

Hawaiʻi County police have arrested and charged a third suspect in connection with a robbery in a parking lot at Aliʻi Sunset Plaza in the early morning of November 26.

Kainoa Bryan

Kainoa Bryan

At 12:40 p.m. Tuesday (December 11), police arrested 21-year-old Kainoa Bryan of Kealakekua. At 4 p.m. Wednesday (December 12), Bryan was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, fourth-degree theft, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $80,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (December 13).

A 26-year-old Kealakekua man reported that after he met a local man at bar, the man took him to the northwest corner of the parking lot to meet with five or six males. They punched and kicked the victim and stole his backpack before fleeing on foot.

The victim was treated at Kona Community Hospital for a fractured jaw and minor cuts and scrapes.

Police continue to ask for help from anyone who witnessed the attack or saw the victim talking with a local male in the Coconut Grove area. The victim was wearing shorts and a striped tank top and was carrying a backpack.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Charge Former Hilo Man in Connection With a Robbery

Hawaiʻi County police have charged a former Hilo man in connection with a robbery.

HPDBadgeOn October 5, a 68-year-old Hilo man reported to police that on May 25, as he was transporting a couple to a location in Hilo around 1 a.m., he was assaulted and his wallet was stolen.

The victim sustained a serious head injury and was transferred to Oahu for treatment. He reported the incident to police upon his return to the Big Island.

At 9:45 p.m. Thursday (November 29), after conferring with the prosecutor’s office, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged 26-year-old Timothy “Timmy” Russ Southern Jr., who has no permanent address, with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $85,000. He made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon (November 30).

 

BBC America Visits the Big Island – Crash Course and The Three Ring Ranch Wild Animal Sanctuary

Richard Hammond’s Crash Course and Three Ring Ranch Wild Animal Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaii team up for excitement. BBC America sent Richard Hammond, star of Top Gear, to film his wild encounters with exotic animals, including Cody the Buffalo, Zoe the blond zebra and many other residents of the sanctuary.

Ann & Richard release endangered Hawaiian stilts at Hualalai Resort while Norm Goody photographs them

Richard had just a couple days to follow the Curator, Ann Goody around the Sanctuary and learn how to safely care for an interact with the residents. He would have to learn to work with ostrich, shear an alpaca, care for a giant tortoises shell mix flamingo diets and assist with the release of endangered Hawaiian stilts. Far outside of his comfort zone driving race cars and helicopters this program introduces Richard and the audience to an unreal few days at Three Ring Ranch.

Richard & Ann work with an ostrich

See what animal stole from Richard and hear from him what it was like to have Cody invade his personal space. The show airs on BBC America on December 3 at 5 pm followed two more airings later that day as well as by a future airing on BBC International. http://www.bbcamerica.com/crash-course/guide/season-2/episode-7/

Three Ring Ranch is the only accredited Sanctuary in Hawaii. Ann Goody, curator of the sanctuary, says they care for all native species as well as provide advice and support to veterinarian and other rehabilitators. The sanctuary includes a center for hands-on training and interaction with animals for school age children. “For the past twelve years we have rehabilitated Hawaii’s native and endangered species and cared for those exotic creatures already within the State who needed a safe refuge on our five-acre site. Our barn, hospital, aviaries, wetlands and fields serve a wide variety of animals.”

Richard & Ann moving very slowly out of Cody’s environment.

Three Ring Ranch is a non-profit. Private educational excursions are offered by contacting the sanctuary.

For more information about Three Ring Ranch, please visit http://www.threeringranch.org or contact Ann Goody at animals@threeringranch.org to learn more about the ranch or book a tour.

 

Big Island Police Investigating Robbery in Hilo Involving Firearm

Big Island police are investigating a report of a robbery in Hilo that involved a firearm.

On Wednesday morning (June 27) shortly after 6 a.m., police responded to a convenience store in the upper Kaumana Drive area, where a 41-year-old Hilo man reported that while on his morning walk at about 4:30 a.m., he was approached by two male suspects standing near a car at the intersection of Kaumana Drive and the Puainakō Avenue extension. While one of the suspects asked the victim a question, the other suspect reportedly struck him on the head from behind.

After regaining consciousness, the victim reportedly saw one of the suspects brandishing a firearm. As an approaching vehicle passed, the victim fled into the bushes.

One of the suspects is described as possibly a local male with a slightly muscular build.

The second suspect is described as possibly a Micronesian male, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7 with a dark complexion. He was described as wearing a black shirt and silver shorts with what appeared to be a dragon design on it.

The car was described as an older model light-colored foreign make sedan.

The victim’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash were reportedly stolen during the incident, which is classified as a first-degree robbery and a first-degree terroristic threatening.

Fire Department personnel treated the victim at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and then released him.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information on the identity of the suspects or the responsible vehicle call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Arrest 24-Year-Old Hilo Man in Robbery that Involved Gun

Hawaiʻi Police are investigating a robbery reported early Friday morning (June 1) in Hilo.

Chase K. Tam

At about 12:30 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a hold-up alarm at a service station on Kekuanaoa Street. A male suspect brandished a gun demanding money from the employee and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency. The employee did not sustain any injuries during the ordeal.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Section, Officers from South Hilo Patrol and Community Policing through their investigation identified a male suspect, 24-year-old Chase K. Tam of Hilo.

At about 12:30 p.m., Police arrested Tam at his residence for Robbery, Terroristic Threatening (2 counts), Shoplifting, and Theft. He is being held at the Hilo Police Station pending further investigation.

19-Year-Old Puna Man Arrested in Crime Spree

Big Island police have located 19-year-old Kale Thomas Ramangmou, who was wanted for robbery.

Kale Thomas Ramangmou

Ramangmou was arrested Monday morning (May 7) and charged Tuesday (May 8) for numerous offenses in connection with three separate incidents.

At 3:15 p.m. Tuesday he was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree criminal property damage and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. The victim in that case, a 30-year-old woman from Mill Valley, California, reported that 2-3 unknown suspects threw a rock through the front passenger window of a car she was parked in across from Ahalanui Hot Ponds in lower Puna at 11:30 p.m. on April 29, and then demanded money. The suspects allegedly stole a cell phone holster before fleeing the area. The victim sustained minor injuries from flying glass but declined treatment.

At 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Ramangmou was charged with second-degree robbery, third degree assault, second-degree theft, third-degree criminal property damage and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle in connection with an incident at 1 a.m. on January 28. A 40-year-old Pāhoa man reported that while he was in a parked van at a rural retreat in lower Puna, a man got into his car and asked for cigarettes and beer and then punched him and took away his cordless phone. A second suspect punched him again and a third suspect threw a golf ball-size rock through a side window of the van.

At 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, he was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft for a robbery on May 1. In that case, a 43-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he was at a 24-hour convenience store in Pāhoa at around 2 a.m. when an acquaintance he knew previously, parked in the area and offered him a ride home. The victim accepted the ride and was driven to an area off of Ka‘ohe Homestead Road in Pāhoa, where the same suspect reportedly assaulted him and removed undisclosed items. In addition, upon making his way home, he discovered that it had been burglarized and several items were stolen.

Ramangmou’s bail was set at $159,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday (May 9).

Two Puna Residents Charged With Robbery in Connection with Pahoa Incident Monday

Two Puna residents have been charged with robbery in connection with an incident in Pāhoa on Monday afternoon (February 20) that sent the victim to the hospital.

Puna patrol officers responded to a 2:45 p.m. call Monday and encountered a 32-year-old Pāhoa man, who reported that while he was standing outside a Pāhoa restaurant, a woman had approached him and asked him for marijuana. When he said he didn’t have any, she reportedly hit him in the back of the head several times with her fist and removed cash from his pants pocket.

The victim dropped his skateboard during the attack.

A man reportedly joined in the attack, hitting the victim in the head first with his fist and later with the victim’s skateboard, knocking him unconscious.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Steven Stoesser

At 3 p.m. Monday, police arrested 32-year-old Steven Stoesser, 35-year-old Lisa Yurkovic and 19-year-old Gina Sumaoang, all of Pāhoa. They were held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Lisa Yurkovic

At 10 p.m., police released Sumaoang without charges.

Stoesser was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. His bail was set at $50,000.

Yurkovic was charged with first-degree robbery. Her bail was set at $5,000.

Stoesser and Yurkovic were held at the Hilo police cellblock until their initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon (February 21).

Female College Student Thwarts Robbery Attempt at UH Hilo

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery Tuesday night in Hilo.

At approximately 8:10 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus to a report of an incident near the theater. A 24-year-old woman was reportedly accosted by a lone male suspect, who attempted to forcibly steal items she had in her possession. The woman managed to thwart the attempt by striking the suspect, who then fled on foot.

The victim, a student of the college, suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned, thin male, approximately 5-foot-8, wearing a black “hoodie” and jeans.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation into this incident, which is classified as a robbery.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385, Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Investigating Robbery Near the Bayfront Soccer Fields

Big Island police are investigating a robbery near the Kamehameha Avenue soccer fields in Hilo on November 15.

Responding to an 8:01 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers met with a 41-year-old man, who reported that he had been sitting under a banyan tree near the outskirts of the soccer fields when an unknown man walked up from behind him, struck him and took several items of his property. The victim was treated for his injuries at Hilo Medical Center and then released.

The suspect is described as a short local male with a medium build wearing a black or brown hooded sweater.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Reed Mahuna at 961-2384 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hilo Men Busted for Puna Robbery… Suspects Brandished a Firearm

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Big Island police have charged two Hilo men with various offenses following a reported robbery in Puna on Sunday (May 22).

Paul Matthew Borowski

Paul Matthew Borowski

Tuesday evening (May 24), detectives charged 28-year-old Paul Matthew Borowski and 30-year-old Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin with first-degree robbery and alteration of identification marks prohibited (a firearms offense). Borowski was also charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony.

Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin

Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin

Bail for Borowski was set at $22,500. Bail for Martin was set at $51,000. Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (May 25).

The charges stemmed from an incident in which the victim, a 38-year-old Mountain View man, reported that on Sunday at about 7:45 p.m., while he was at a park near the Mountain View gym, he willingly met with both Martin and Borowski. During the interaction, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a firearm and forcibly removed his personal property before fleeing the park in a light-colored sports-utility vehicle. The victim did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

On Monday (May 23) both Martin and Borowski were arrested in Hilo and were held in police custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conducted further investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in Hilo, where they recovered a firearm and other evidence.

Police ask that witnesses who may have been in the area of the Mountain View gym Sunday evening and may have witnessed the incident call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Police Arrest Three Men in Connection with the Robbery of a Man’s Hashish Shortly After He Exited a Bus Last Month

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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.

Joshua Kalili

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.