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Hilo man charged in department store robbery

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:00 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014

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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