Big Island police have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man for second-degree robbery and car theft for his alleged role in an incident that occurred last week in Puna.
Michael Gary Perreira-Thompson was arrested and charged Tuesday morning and his bail was set at $35,000. On Tuesday morning, police arrested Michael Gary Perreira-Thompson. He remains in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance today.
On Aug. 30 at about 2 a.m., police received a report from a 26-year-old Keaau man that he picked up a couple hitchhiking near the intersection of Route 130 and Ainaloa Boulevard in Puna and drove them to the lower portion of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision at their request. The male hitchhiker reportedly assaulted the victim after the victim got out the car at the couple’s destination.
The suspect then took the car and drove off with the woman, who remained in the car during the alleged assault.
The victim sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.
Police found the car, which had been abandoned, in another area of the subdivision.