Hearings set for robbery suspects
Two 30-year-old Puna men accused of a July 24 robbery in Leilani Estates subdivision made their initial court appearances on Thursday.
Hilo District Judge Andrew Wilson ordered Mark McCurley of Hawaiian Beaches and Kawika Kahee of Kalapana Black Sands subdivision to appear for a preliminary hearing on Monday at 2 p.m.
McCurley and Kahee were arrested Tuesday during a warrants sweep in Hawaiian Beaches.
On Wednesday, McCurley was charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and kidnapping. His bail was set at $85,000. Kahee was charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and third-degree assault. His bail was set at $37,000.
Wilson ordered that both men’s bail be maintained.
The victim, a 56-year-old woman, reported that three individuals who were invited to her home used force against her and removed several items on July 24. The woman said one man, who identified himself as “John,” struck her twice to the head.
Documents state she identified “John” as Kahee from a photo line-up. She also reportedly told police that the other man, who she knew as “Mark,” held a pillow over her head while the home was ransacked.
According to court documents, the victim told police the property was worth $12,590, but the items taken were not identified.
The suspects left the home in a white Ford Mustang, the woman said. The third suspect has not been identified.
Anyone with information about the third suspect is asked to contact Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311.
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