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Women charged in robbery of girl, 13, waiting for bus in Kailua-Kona


  • Judie Kahele (COURTESY HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT)

  • Kayla Arellano (COURTESY HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT)
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Two Kailua-Kona women were charged Thursday in the robbery of a 13-year-old girl waiting for a Hele-On bus.

Charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and fourth-degree theft are 18-year-old Judie Kahele of Kailua-Kona and 19-year-old Kayla Arellano of Kailua-Kona. They remain at the cellblock pending their initial court appearances scheduled fortoday.

At 2:24 p.m. Feb. 15, the Kailua-Kona girl reported that she had been waiting for the bus at Kealakaʻa and Kealakehe streets when two women approached her, attacked her and stole her backpack. The victim sustained a cut to her lip and abrasions to her leg and arms.

Detectives continued the investigation, determined the identities of two suspects, and put out an all-points bulletin for the arrest of two women.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday (February 19), Kona patrol officers arrested two women and took them to the Kona police cellblock. Detectives later recovered the victim’s backpack.

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