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Police charge Hilo man in connection with robbery at store


Ku Manuia

Ku Manuia

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Hilo man who was arrested in connection with a robbery Wednesday at a store in Hilo.

At 1:23 p.m. Wednesday (October 26), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery outside a supermarket store on Kinoʻole Street.

Police determined that a man had entered the store and concealed merchandise within his waistband. He then exited the store, without paying for the items. When a 46-year-old employee approached the suspect, the suspect kneed him in the head. Store employees were able to help apprehend the suspect. After further investigation, the suspect was identified as 23-year-old Ku Manuia of Hilo.

The victim did not require medical assistance.

At 8:40 p.m. Wednesday (October 26), detectives charged Manuia with second-degree robbery, and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $5,250.

He remained in custody unit his initial court appearance on Thursday (October 27).

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