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Kau woman, 25, charged in connection with hatchet-wielding robbery


A 25-year-old Kau woman was charged on Tuesday with robbery, assault and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle in connection with a robbery involving a hatchet in the South Point area, according to Hawaii island police.

Trinety Crapser was arrested on Monday and taken to a Kona police cell block while detectives investigated the alleged robbery, which occurred Sunday morning on South Park Road near South Point, also known as Ka Lae — the southern-most tip of the island. 

According to police, Kau patrol officers received a report at 9:22 a.m. Sunday that a 47-year-old Discovery Harbor woman walking near her parked car on South Point Road had been threatened with a hatchet by a woman, who had been seated in white Toyota sedan. 

The two women scuffled and the victim was able to take the hatchet from her attacker and throw it into the brush on the side of the road, police said. During the scuffle, the victim suffered a bite on the right forearm. 

A man then exited the Toyota, reached into the victim’s car and removed a bag containing a laptop, a cellular telephone and a wallet, police said. 

After a passerby stopped to intervene, the man fled in the Toyota. The female suspect  entered the victim’s car and unsuccessfully attempted to start it. She then ran into the bushes. 

Crasper was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. Her bail was set at $62,000, according to a news release. 

Police want to question Kainoa Kahele-Bishop, 23, of Ocean View, about this case. He is described as 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. 

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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