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Man charged with robbing driver who gave him ride in Hilo

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    Timothy Southern
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A former Hilo man appeared in court Friday on charges he robbed a driver who had given him a ride in Hilo.

Timothy “Timmy” Russ Southern Jr., 26, who has no permanent address, was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree theft, Hawaii police said Monday. His bail was set at $85,000.

A 68-year-old man told police that about 1 a.m. May 25, he was assaulted and his wallet was stolen.

Police alleged that Southern had asked the man for a ride and the driver was taking Southern and a woman to a location in Hilo when the attack occurred.

The victim sustained a serious head injuries and was transferred to an Oahu hospital for treatment. Police said the victim reported the incident after returning to Hawaii island.

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