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Hilo man charged in department store robbery

  • COURTESY HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENTObed Kuahiwinui was charged in an April 18 department store robbery in Hilo.
    COURTESY HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
    Obed Kuahiwinui was charged in an April 18 department store robbery in Hilo.

A 19-year-old Hilo man was charged Wednesday in a department store robbery on April 18.

Police arrested Obed Kuahiwinui Jr. after he and a 15-year-old girl turned themselves in at the Hilo police station Tuesday. Police issued an alert for two persons captured in surveillance images in the department store robbery .

Kuahiwinui was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $5,250. The girl was arrested and released to her parents without charges.

At 12:09 p.m. April 18, police said, a female patron was observed concealing an item and then exiting a store in a shopping mall on Puainako Street without paying. After store employees confronted her, a male companion outside the store attempted to escort them inside; the male companion threw one of the employees to the ground, causing injuries to his head and ribs. The pair then fled on foot.

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