Man, 19, charged in Hilo carjacking

Published On: Jul 19 2013 05:09:48 PM HST

Alkapone Cruz-Balles

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police say officers have charged the man arrested in connection with a carjacking Wednesday night in Hilo.

Alkapone Cruz-Balles, 19, who has no permanent address, was charged at 4:25 p.m. Friday with first-degree robbery and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $12,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

At around 6:38 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the parking lot of Target on Puainako Avenue after receiving a report from a 24 year-old Hilo man that, as he was about to enter his late model Hyundai sedan, he was accosted by a local male who brandished a weapon and threatened the victim.  The suspect acquired the keys to the vehicle from the victim prior to fleeing the parking lot in the vehicle.

A 14 year-old female who was with the suspect at the time of his arrest was interviewed by detectives and released to her parents.

Detectives also reviewed video surveillance footage that was recovered from Target.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

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