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Hawaii island police charge man in Hilo carjacking

  • Alkapone Cruz-Balles,19, was charged today in a Hilo carjacking. (COURTESY HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT)

    Alkapone Cruz-Balles,19, was charged today in a Hilo carjacking. (COURTESY HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Hawaii County police charged a 19-year-old man today in connection with an alleged carjacking in Hilo on Wednesday.

According to police, Alkapone Cruz-Balles approached a 24-year-old man in the parking lot of the Target store in Hilo and threatened him with a weapon. Cruz-Balles then allegedly took the victim’s car keys and drove away in the man’s Hyundai sedan.

An islandwide bulletin was issued and Cruz-Balles was located with the car in the Pohoiki area. A 14-year-old girl who was with Cruz-Balles was interviewed and released to her parents.

Cruz-Balles was charged with first-degree robbery and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He is being held in lieu of $12,000 bail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

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