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Man charged with robbery of Kailua-Kona restaurant

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:45 a.m. HST, Sep 19, 2013

A 30-year-old Kailua-Kona man is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on charges stemming from a robbery Sept. 11 at a restaurant.

Klay Brian Bensch, of Kailua-Kona was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, second-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $29,000. He was being held in the Kona cellblock.

About 10:30 p.m. Sept. 11, after the restaurant had closed, a man entered the premises near Palani Road and Kuakini Highway, approached a female employee from behind, threatened her with a weapon, forced her into another room and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

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