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Alleged Carjacker Charged With a Dozen Offenses

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Jeremy Todd Rios, who was captured after a daylong manhunt Tuesday night following a carjacking in Hilo that morning, has been charged with a dozen offenses.

Police said Rios was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery, car theft, resisting an order to stop, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, two counts of fourth-degree theft and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

The charges against Rios, 31, stem from an incident that began when his vehicle rammed broadside into a pickup truck on Kilauea Avenue and continued when he stole a car from a woman forced to stop by the collision.

Police said Rios was also charged with assault and terroristic threatening for an incident that occurred shortly before the carjacking episode. In that incident, a 55-year-old Hilo man received facial injuries during an assault in the Wainaku area, police said.

Bail for Rios was set at $61,500.

Rios made an initial court appearance this afternoon. Deputy Prosecutor Winston Albright said Rios’ bail was maintained at the current amount and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday before Circuit Judge Glenn Hara.

***Updated at 6:06 p.m. with information on the court proceedings.***


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