Big Island police arrest man in store robbery

Published On: Feb 11 2014 07:16:07 PM HST
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HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have charged a 33-year-old man with four offenses stemming from the robbery of a convenience store.

Officers say Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai entered a convenience store at the corner of Kino'ole Street and Hoku Street early Saturday morning. One of the men purchased several items and then threatened to shoot the clerk if he did not let him take a package of cigarettes without paying.

When another customer entered the store, the two men left.

Police found Hauoli-Ontai Saturday afternoon at the Mo'oheau bus terminal in Hilo. As an officer attempted to arrest him, Hauoli-Ontai became combative, causing minor injuries to the officer.

Hauoli-Ontai's charges are first-degree robbery, first-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $63,000.

He remains at the cellblock until his initial court appearance scheduled for Feb. 11.

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