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Police arrest and charge man for making bomb threat at Hilo bank

UPDATED (4:17 p.m. on 6/9/2016)

Russell Monlux

Russell Monlux

A 29-year-old Hilo man has been charged with two offenses in connection with a bomb threat at a bank in Hilo.

At 3:45 p.m. Russell Monlux was charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $4,000. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (June 13).

In response to a 12:04 p.m. call, South Hilo Patrol officers learned that a male customer had passed a handwritten bomb threat to a teller at a bank in a supermarket on the 300 block of Makaʻala Street in Hilo shortly before noon. The store was evacuated as a precaution.

At 1:20 p.m., police arrested Monlux.

He was charged with two counts of terroristic threatening because both the bank and the store were exposed to the threat.

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A man was arrested Thursday (June 9) in connection with a bomb threat at a bank in Hilo.

In response to a 12:04 p.m. call, South Hilo Patrol officers learned that a male customer had passed a handwritten bomb threat to a teller at a bank in a supermarket on the 300 block of Makaʻala Street in Hilo shortly before noon. The store was evacuated as a precaution.

At 1:20 p.m., police arrested the customer, identified as 29-year-old Russell Monlux of Hilo. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while police continue the investigation. The case is classified as a terroristic threatening.

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