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Man Charged After Entering Vehicle at Hilo ATM

October 27, 2015, 9:58 AM HST
* Updated October 27, 10:00 AM
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The Hawai’i Police Department has charged a 40-year-old man with four offenses in connection with a reported robbery at an automated teller machine in Hilo.

Authorities say a 53-year-old Hilo man was using an ATM on Sunday, Oct. 25 at about 11:45 a.m. when another man allegedly entered his parked vehicle.

The victim confronted the suspect and was struck in the face as a result. The car’s door panel was also damaged in the process.

According to the report, the suspect fled on foot. The victim sustained minor injuries but declined treatment.

A witnessed called 9-1-1 and followed the suspect, providing his location to police.

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Police made contact with Dominic Simon Freitas at 11:55 a.m. on Kilauea Avenue. The man reportedly has no permanent address.

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Freitas was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault, criminal property damage, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, and attempted unauthorized control of a motor vehicle. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock as the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued to investigate.

On Monday, Freitas was charged with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, robbery, assault, and criminal property damage.

Freitas’ bail was set at $38,000. He remained at the cellblock awaiting his initial court appearance, scheduled for Tuesday.

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