Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Media Release (Update)
Detectives have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from an early morning robbery at Kolekole Beach Park in Hilo.
On Friday evening (February 8, 2013) at 9:05 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, Tyler Kamanao Taylor of Hilo was charged for first degree robbery, third degree criminal property damage, two counts of first degree terroristic threatening, two counts of first degree unlawful imprisonment, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and two counts of second degree theft. Total bail for Taylor was set at $121,000.00 and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.
On February 6, 2013 at about 4:54 am, police received a report that a 29-year-old female victim and a 29-year-old male victim were camping at the Kolekole Beach Park when they were awakened by a male suspect who entered their tent. The suspect threatened them with a knife before taking several of their possessions and also demanded the keys to a rental vehicle that was parked nearby.
The suspect left the area in the rental vehicle, which is described as a white 2012 Ford Mustang coupe with license plate #HMX-973. The vehicle was found abandoned in the upper Wainaku area and has since been recovered by police.
Both victims walked to a nearby residence to call police and were uninjured during the incident.