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Police Seek Witnesses to Kona Assault, Robbery

November 27, 2012, 6:08 PM HST
* Updated November 28, 10:16 AM
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Kona police are asking for the public’s help identifying suspects in a robbery that occurred shortly after midnight Sunday in Kailua-Kona.

A 26-year-old Kealakekua man told police that he went to the northwest corner of the Ali`i Sunset Plaza with a local man he had met in a bar. There they met with five or six other men who punched and kicked the victim and stole his backpack.

The victim suffered a broken jaw and minor cuts and scrapes. He was treated at Kona Community Hospital and released.

This is the second time in six weeks that a man sustained a broken jaw in an assault in the Ali`i Sunset Plaza parking lot. The victim in the Oct. 16 attack was a tourist from California.

The latest incident was reported to police at 12:27 a.m. Monday.

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An investigation identified 20-year-old Alexander Cho as a suspect in the case. He was arrested early today and was being held pending charges.

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Cho has no permanent address but frequents the Kailua-Kona area.

Police are asking for help from anyone who saw 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.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext. 238.

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