Hilo man charged in dept. store robbery case

Published On: Apr 25 2014 05:06:12 PM HST

Obed Kamanao Kuahiwinui Jr.

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have located two people seen in surveillance images and wanted in connection with a robbery at a department store in Hilo on Good Friday.

On Tuesday, the suspects turned themselves in at the Hilo police station.

Police arrested 19-year-old Obed Kamanao Kuahiwinui Jr. of Hilo on suspicion of robbery and theft.  He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.  A 15-year-old girl was arrested and released to her parents without charges.

At about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Kuahiwinui with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree theft.  His bail was set at $5,250.  He made his initial court appearance on Thursday.

On April 18 at 12:09 p.m., a female patron was observed concealing an item and then exiting a store in a shopping mall on Puainako Street without paying.

After store employees confronted her and a male companion outside the store and attempted to escort them inside, the male companion threw one of the employees to the ground, causing injuries to his head and ribs, according to police.  The pair then fled the area on foot in the direction of Maka'ala Street.

Their images captured on video surveillance were instrumental in the investigation.

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