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Suspect Arrested Following Robbery at Hilo ATM

June 28, 2021, 4:35 PM HST
* Updated June 28, 5:22 PM
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Chasia-Rose Z.K. Palma
Chasia-Rose Z.K. Palma

A Puna woman has been arrested following a robbery at a Big Island ATM.

Hawai’i Island Police on Monday announced that they had arrested and charged 30-year-old Chasia-Rose Z.K. Palma with robbery following an incident that occurred on Saturday afternoon, June 26, 2021, at financial institution in Hilo.

On Saturday afternoon, shortly after noon, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a reported assault at a financial institution at the 600 block of Kino´ole Street. Upon arrival officers learned the female victim was withdrawing money from the institution’s ATM when she was attacked from behind by another female.

After punching the victim numerous times, knocking her to the ground, and repeatedly kicking her, the suspect forcefully removed an undisclosed amount of money from the victim and left the area on foot. Witnesses were able to provide police with a description of the suspect.

Officers located Palma a short time later on Kino´ole Street near Kukuau Street and determined she fit the suspect description provided by witnesses. Palma was arrested without incident.

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On Saturday evening, after conferring with county prosecutors, detectives charged Palma with second-degree robbery. Her bail was set at $25,000. Palma remained in police custody pending her initial court appearance Monday afternoon, June 28, in Hilo District Court.

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Police would like to remind the public to always be aware of your surroundings. When using an ATM, do not display your cash, conceal your PIN (personal identification number) and utilize ATM mirrors, when available. If you witness suspicious activity or may have been a victim of theft or fraud, report it immediately to the Hawai’i Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

All suspects arrested and charged with crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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