POSTED: 08:02 p.m. HST, Feb 11, 2013
Hawaii County authorities have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man who allegedly robbed a man and woman who were camping at Kolekole Beach Park on Wednesday.
Tyler Taylor of Hilo was charged Friday night with first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal property damage, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and two counts of second-degree theft.
Bail was set at $121,000.
Police said at 4:54 a.m. Wednesday, a man and woman, both 29, were camping at Kolekole Beach Park, when they awoke to a man who entered their tent, allegedly threatened them with a knife and took several of their possessions and demanded a key to their rental car.
Police said the man fled in the couple’s rented white Ford Mustang coupe. Police later recovered the abandoned car Wainaku.
Both victims went to a nearby residence to call police.