Two Kona women are in police custody following their arrest for the robbery of a teenage girl.
A 13-year-old Kailua-Kona girl reported at 2:24 p.m. Feb. 15 that she had been waiting for a Hele-On bus at the intersection of Kealakaa and Kealakehe streets when two women approached her, attacked her and stole her backpack. The victim sustained a laceration to her lip and abrasions to her leg and arms, according to the Hawaii Police Department.
Area II Criminal Investigations Section detectives continued the investigation, determined the identities of two suspects, and put out an all-points bulletin for the arrest of 18-year-old Judie Kahele of Kailua-Kona and 19-year-old Kayla Arellano of Kailua-Kona.
At 10 p.m. Tuesday, Kona patrol officers arrested both women and took them to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation. Detectives later recovered the victim’s backpack.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, detectives charged both women with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and fourth-degree theft. Their bail was set at $7,000 each. They remain at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.