The Hawai`i Police Department reports that 37-year-old Mark Blankley of Pāhoa was arrested for Robbery 1, Terroristic Threatening 1, Place to Keep Ammunition, Theft 4, and Promotion of a Detrimental Drug 3 after he attempted to steal food items from a Pāhoa grocery store.
Blankley injured four store employees with a shopping cart during the incident and proceeded to cough and spit in their faces while telling them that he had the Corona Virus. After arrest, Blankley was discovered to have contraband on his person.
Since this incident occurred during the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation, the Robbery offense was enhanced to a class A felony.
Blankley was subsequently charged for all offenses, and bail has been set at $31,500.00. He is presently at the Hilo Police Station Cellblock, awaiting the next court appearance.
A class A felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.00.