Police make arrest in Hilo attempted robbery cases

Published On: Aug 01 2013 12:57:23 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 01 2013 12:59:24 PM HST

Kris Villasista

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have arrested a man in possession of a car that was used in two attempted robberies in Hilo on Wednesday.

At about 11:40 a.m., a man armed with what appeared to be a firearm attempted to rob the cashier at a gas station on Kaumana Drive. He left without getting any cash. The cashier was not injured.

Approximately 20 minutes later, the same person attempted to rob an employee at a recycling center off Waianuenue Avenue but again was unsuccessful. The employee was not injured.

The suspect fled in a white Suzuki Samurai that had previously been reported stolen.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., while conducting checks in the Honomu area, officers located the car at a Honomu residence. Kris Villasista, 37, of Honomu was arrested for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was taken to the Hilo Police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

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