Hilo Man Arrested on Suspicion of Armed Robbery

A 33-year-old Hilo man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of first degree robbery.

At 12 p.m., Hawai`i Police Department South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a woman who was reportedly being held in her vehicle by a man with a gun. The victim, a 30-year-old Hilo woman, told police that an acquaintance of hers threatened to take her vehicle while holding a handgun.

The suspect, Junior Faleao, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. on Lihikai Road in Hilo without incident. He is currently being held in the Hilo cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation. The female victim was not injured.

Police ask that anyone with information a bout this incident to contact Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2381 or via email at Grant.Todd@hawaiicounty.gov.

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