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Police track down Hilo carjacking suspect

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:05 p.m. HST, Jul 18, 2013

A 19-year-old former Mountain View resident is in custody after he allegedly stole a car from a Hilo shopping complex after threatening the driver, Hawaii County police said.

Police officials said the carjacking occurred before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Target store on Puainako Avenue.

A 24-year-old Hilo man told police that as he was about to enter his late-model Hyundai sedan, when a man threatened him with a weapon. The suspect then allegedly took the keys to the man's car and fled. 

An island-wide bulletin was issued and the vehicle was located in the Pohoiki area late Wednesday night.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery and car theft. A 14-year-old girl who was with the suspect at the time of his arrest was interviewed by detectives and released to her parents. 

The victim was not injured during the incident. 

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or may have witnessed the robbery to call detective Clarence Davies III at 961-2384 or by email at or detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email at 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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