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Big Island Police Arrest 61-Year-Old Man – Investigation of Bank Robbery Underway

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a bank robbery that took place Wednesday afternoon (January 29) in Hilo.

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At 1:42 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery at Central Pacific Bank on Kīlauea Avenue, where a man reportedly produced a note and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect, 61-year-old Lelome Kahaualoa Rogers, who has no permanent address, was located on Aupuni Street and arrested at 2:05 p.m. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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 Looking for Man Who Robbed Hilo Bank on Friday

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for the attempted robbery of a bank in Hilo.

Just before 6 p.m. Friday (January 10), police responded to a reported robbery attempt at the Territorial Savings Bank branch on Makaʻala Street in Hilo. Responding officers learned that at about 5:53 p.m., a lone male had entered the bank and produced a note demanding money. He fled the bank without any money and was last seen running toward Pōhaku Street. No one was injured during the robbery attempt.

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The suspect was described as a Caucasian, in his mid-to-late 20s, about 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2, about 185 to 200 pounds with short wavy black hair and facial acne. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-black striped pullover, jeans, and black shoes with red laces.

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The suspect appears to be the same individual who entered the bank earlier in the day to inquire about banking there.

Police recovered bank surveillance video and still images.

Police ask anyone with information on this incident or who may know the identity of the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or deuytetake@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.