Man in custody for alleged robbery in downtown Hilo


Hawaii Island police have a 54-year-old Hilo man in custody following an alleged robbery Wednesday in Hilo.

At about 12:03 p.m., police responded to the Mooheau bus terminal after receiving a report of a fight. Upon arrival, they contacted a 32-year-old Hakalau man who reported that an acquaintance took an undisclosed amount of money from him while at Mooheau Bandstand, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

When the Hakalau man attempted to retrieve the money, the 54-year-old reportedly punched him several times and fled the area, according to police.

The Hakalau man suffered facial injuries, according to police. Hawaii County Fire Department medics took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

The suspect was identified as a man who frequents the downtown Hilo area. He was arrested at 8:40 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of second-degree robbery, according to police. West Hawaii Today is not identifying him by name because has not been charged with a crime.

Anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may have witnessed it should contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.