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Man charged with robbing 2 men in Kailua-Kona

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:39 p.m. HST, May 29, 2014

Hawaii County police charged a 28-year-old Kailua-Kona man who allegedly robbed two men of their backpacks, bludgeoning one of them early Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday, Randall Todd Chase was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, assault, two counts of third-degree theft, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $40,250.

Police said Chase approached two Kailua-Kona men, ages 23 and 25, at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday near a restaurant on Henry Street. He then allegedly struck the 25-year-old in the head, arms and legs with a blunt object and stole their backpacks.

Police said the assailant fled in a black sedan driven by a second man.

Police arrested a 43-year-old Kailua-Kona man driving a car that matched the getaway car on suspicion of robbery and on a bench warrant. He was charged with probation violation. Police continue to investigate his role in the robbery, but have not charged him with that crime.

The 25-year-old victim received serious injuries to his head, was taken to Kona Community Hospital, and later transferred to the Queen's Medical Center, where he is in stable condition, police said.

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