Big Island police arrest woman, search for man in hatchet robbery

Published On: Jan 29 2014 09:10:35 PM HST
Trinety Crapser and Kainoa Kahele

Trinety Crapser (L) and Kainoa Kahele (R)

HILO, Hawaii -

Police have arrested a Ka’u woman and are searching for a Ka’u man in connection with a robbery involving a hatchet.

Officers say they received a report Sunday that a 47-year-old Discovery Harbor woman walking near her parked car on South Point Road had been threatened with a hatchet by another woman who got out of a white sedan.

The two women got into a scuffle. The victim was able to take the hatchet away and throw it into the brush on the side of the road. During the scuffle, the victim suffered a bite on the right forearm. A man then exited the white sedan, reached into the victim’s car and removed a bag containing a laptop, a cellular telephone and a wallet.

The male suspect fled in the sedan after a passerby stopped to intervene. The female suspect entered the victim’s car and unsuccessfully attempted to start it. She then ran into the bushes.

Monday afternoon police arrested 25-year-old Trinety Crapser of Ocean View and took her to the Kona police cellblock. Crapser is being charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. Her bail was set at $62,000.

Police also want to question 23-year-old Kainoa Kahele-Bishop of Ocean View about this case. He is described as 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on Kahele’s whereabouts to call 935-3311, email Detective Sean Smith at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call also Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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