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Big Isle police arrest man suspected in armed bank robbery

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:38 p.m. HST, May 31, 2013

Hawaii island police arrested a 37-year-old Honomu man in connection with a robbery that occurred at the Hamakua Coast Community Federal Credit Union. 

The suspect turned himself in at the Kona police station at about 6 p.m. Thursday while officers conducted an islandwide search for him. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, theft and terroristic threatening. The suspect remains in custody at the Hilo police station. 

Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, a masked man entered the credit union and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at two tellers, demanding cash, according to a news release by the Hawaii Police Department. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

The investigation on the robbery is ongoing. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Joel Field at 961-2381 or e-mail at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us. Individuals also can call police at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8311 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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