Bank robbery suspect in custody on Big Island

Hawaii Police Department

Hawaii Island police have arrested a man in connection to a robbery in Pepeekeo.

The incident happened shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, when a masked man pointed what appeared to be a handgun at two tellers of the Hamakua Coast Community Federal Credit Union and demanded cash.

According to authorities,  37-year-old Kris Villasista of Honomu turned himself in at the Kona Police Station just after 6 p.m. Thursday. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, theft, and terroristic threatening.

Villasista was moved to the Hilo police cellblock where he remains in custody while police continue the investigation.

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