Man charged in convenience store robbery on Big Island

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A 33-year-old man has been charged with four offenses stemming from the robbery of a convenience store over the weekend.

At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, two men entered a convenience store at the corner of Kinoole Street and Hoku Street. One of them purchased several items and then threatened to shoot the clerk if he didn’t let him take a package of cigarettes without paying. When another customer entered the store, the two men left.

A police investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 33-year-old Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai. He was located at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at the Mooheau bus terminal in Hilo.

As an officer attempted to arrest him, Hauoli-Ontai became combative, causing minor injuries to the officer. Hauoli-Ontai was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, he was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $63,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Tuesday.

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