2 men charged in Hilo robbery

Dustin Snedeker-Abadilla and Jacob Blanco.
Dustin Snedeker-Abadilla and Jacob Blanco.

Big Island police have charged two men with various offenses stemming from an incident early Saturday morning in Hilo.

At 3:27 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a 19-year-old Hilo man who had allegedly been assaulted in front of a closed business establishment on the 1700 block of Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo.

Witnesses informed police that two men apparently were involved. One suspect allegedly punched the victim while the second removed his cell phone.

The victim reported being assaulted a second time after he tracked down his cell phone to a home in Hilo. One of the suspects allegedly damaged the victim’s vehicle following the assault.

Upon receiving the report, police were able to track the phone to a location off of Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo. They recovered the cell phone and located both suspects, who were arrested at 4 a.m. and taken to the Hilo police cellblock.

The victim sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged 22-year-old Dustin Snedeker-Abadilla of Pahoa with second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, fourth-degree criminal property damage, and third-degree assault. His bail was set at $4,750.

Detectives charged 18-year-old Jacob Blanco of Hilo with second-degree robbery and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $11,000.

Both men were scheduled to make their initial court appearances Monday afternoon.

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