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Kona Thugs Arrested After Late-Night Robbery

Two adults and a juvenile were arrested shortly after a late-night robbery Tuesday (June 5) in Kailua-Kona.

Kona patrol officers responded to an 11:30 p.m. report of an assault in the parking lot of Coconut Grove Market Place. They determined that a 27-year-old Kailua-Kona man had been confronted by three young men who reportedly attacked him, threw him to the ground, beat him and took his backpack.

As the assailants prepared to flee in a blue Ford Bronco, the victim reached into the sports-utility vehicle and retrieved his backpack. The suspects then fled the scene in the SUV.

The victim suffered scrapes and a cut to his face but declined medical treatment.

At 11:47 p.m., police located the SUV and its occupants on a dirt road behind a gas station on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona. They arrested 18-year-old Carlos Garrido of Kailua-Kona, 20-year-old Sione Kalavi of Kailua-Kona and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of robbery.

The juvenile was released to his parents early Wednesday morning (June 6). The adults are being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, extension 281.

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.