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Hilo Men Busted for Puna Robbery… Suspects Brandished a Firearm

Media Release:

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.