Former Hilo man charged with robbery, assault and theft


Big Island police have charged a former Hilo man in connection with a reported May 25 robbery.

Timothy “Timmy” Russ Southern Jr., who has no permanent address, was charged Nov. 29 with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree theft, according to the Hawaii Police Department. His bail was set at $85,000.

The charges stem from Oct. 5 when 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, according to police. 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.