Police have arrested a Hilo woman in connection with a robbery Thursday morning in downtown Hilo.
Shortly after noon, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at 11:50 a.m. at a business at the corner of Keawe Street and Furneaux Lane. They learned that a 33-year-old female employee had been accosted by a woman who displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen driving away in a white pickup truck.
Through the license plate number, police determined the identity and location of the person who was driving the truck. At 12:30 p.m., they arrested 23-year-old Tia Nohealani Menino of Hilo on Makaala Street in the Hilo industrial area.
Menino is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.