Hilo Man Charged After Alleged Shoplifting Incident
Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Hilo man who was arrested in connection with a robbery Wednesday, Oct. 26, at a store in Hilo.
At 1:23 p.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery outside a supermarket store on Kino‘ole 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, 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).