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Investigation leads to arrest after attack and robbery Monday (Nov 26)

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Hawaiʻi County police have arrested a Kona man on suspicion of robbery and are asking for the public’s help in identifying other suspects.

At 12:27 a.m. Monday, Kona patrol offices responded to a report of a robbery in a parking lot at Aliʻi Sunset Plaza. A 26-year-old Kealakekua man reported that after he met a local man at bar, the man took him to the northwest corner of the parking lot to meet with five or six males. They punched and kicked the victim and stole his backpack before fleeing on foot.

The victim was treated at Kona Community Hospital for a fractured jaw and minor cuts and scrapes.

Police investigation led to the identity of a possible suspect. At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police arrested 20-year-old Alexander Cho, who has no permanent address but frequents Kailua-Kona. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police are asking for help from anyone who witnessed the attack or saw the victim talking with a local male in the Coconut Grove area. The victim was wearing shorts and a striped tank top and was carrying a backpack.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238.

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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