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Police seek man for questioning about a Puna robbery Tuesday (May 1)


Big Island police are investigating a robbery Tuesday morning (May 1, 2012) in Puna.

Kale Thomas Ramangmou

Kale Thomas Ramangmou

In response to a 3:37 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers received a report that a 43-year-old Pāhoa man was at a 24-hour convenience store in Pāhoa at around 2 a.m. when an acquaintance parked in the area offered him a ride home.

The victim accepted the ride and was driven to an area off of Kaʻohe Homestead Road in Pāhoa, where the suspect reportedly assaulted him and removed undisclosed items. The suspect and two other men entered an early model dark green Nissan Pathfinder and drove from the area.

The victim sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

The incident is classified as a second-degree robbery, second-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree burglary

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section want to question a 19-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with this investigation. Kale Thomas Ramangmou is described as Filipino, about 5-foot-2, about 140 pounds with a stocky build, a tan complexion, short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto Jr. by phone at 961-2378 or by email him at or Detective Derek Morimoto by phone at 961-2380 or by email at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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