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Hilo woman arrested in armed robbery

Hawaii County police arrested a Hilo woman in connection with a robbery Thursday morning in downtown Hilo. 

An armed robbery was reported at 11:50 a.m. at a business at Keawe Street and Furneaux Lane. Officers learned that a 33-year-old female employee had been accosted by a woman who displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen driving away in a white pickup truck. 

Through the license plate number, police determined the identity and location of the person who was driving the truck. At 12:30 p.m., they arrested the 23-year-old woman on Makaala Street in the Hilo industrial area. 

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation. 

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this robbery to call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380. Detective Morimoto may also be reached by email at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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