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Hawaii County police charge man with robbery but search for second suspect

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:26 p.m. HST, Jan 19, 2012

Hawaii island police are still looking for one man involved in a robbery last week in Holualoa.

A day after the Jan. 12 Keauhou Store robbery, detectives found a white 1998 Jeep Wrangler that was used in the crime and arrested the registered owner, Roger Rasmussen, 41, of Kailua-Kona. He was charged Sunday as an accomplice to robbery and his bail was set at $50,000.

Police said about 1 p.m. Jan. 12, a man entered Keauhou Store and took an undisclosed amount of money from the register. A 34-year-old woman cashier was hurt, but declined treatment.

Rasmussen, who was the lookout, was found through tips from the public, police said.

Police are still looking for the primary robber. He was described as in his mid-20s to mid-30s, about 5 foot 10, and 150 to 170 pounds with kinky dark hair.

Police said the man is considered dangerous and possibly armed and advised the public not to approach him.

Police urged anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is asked to call detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238 or police at 935-3311. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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