Robbery Suspect Sought by Authorities

The Hawai`i Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 39-year-old Hilo man wanted for questioning for a robbery that occurred Tuesday, at approximately 2:30 p.m. in Panaʻewa.

Benny Rapoza, Jr. is described by authorities as 5-feet-6-inches and 170 pounds. He is said to have brown eyes and brown hair.

Rapoza has no known permanent address but frequents the Hilo and Puna areas. He may be operating a dark green Chevy Tracker SUV with Hawaiʻi license plate number HMW 354.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd at (808) 961-2381 or

Tipsters who prefer to rem ain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to a $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID.

Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.