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Woman arrested in reported Hilo robbery

Big Island police have arrested a 23-year-old Hilo woman in connection with a robbery Thursday morning in downtown Hilo.

Shortly after noon, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at 11:50 a.m. at a business at the corner of Keawe Street and Furneaux Lane, according to the Hawaii Police Department. There, a 33-year-old female employee reported being approached by a woman who displayed a handgun and demanded cash before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money. She was seen driving away in a white pickup truck.

Using a license plate number from the truck, police were able to identify the driver as 23-year-old Tia Nohealani Menino, who was arrested in connection with the reported robbery about 12:30 p.m. on Makaala Street, according to police.

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380. Morimoto can also be reached by email at

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.