UPDATE: Police Charge Man in Kona Robbery
Big Island police on Thursday filed charges against one of three people who were arrested, following a robbery in Kona late Tuesday.
Police said Carlos Garrido, 18, of Kailua-Kona was charged with robbery, assault and criminal property damage. He was being held pending a Friday court appearance. His bail has been set at $28,000.
The charges stem from an incident reported by a 27-year-old Kailua-Kona man who told police he was accosted in the parking lot of the Coconut Grove Market Place in Kailua at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The man said three people attacked him, threw him to the ground and took his backpack.
As the assailants were about to leave the scene in a blue Ford Bronco, the victim reached into the vehicle and retrieved his backpack. The suspects then fled the scene in the Bronco.
About 15 minutes later, police located the sports-utility vehicle and its occupants on a dirt road behind a gas station on Henry Street. There they arrested Garrido and 20-year-old Sione Kalavi, both of Kailua-Kona, and a 17-year-old boy, all on suspicion of robbery. Kalavi has been released without charges pending further investigation.
The juvenile was released to his parents early Wednesday. Because he is a juvenile, neither his name nor his photo are being released by police.
The victim suffered scrapes and a cut to his face but declined medical treatment.