Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Report No. C13014080
Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Puna man with five offenses in connection with an armed robbery in May.
On May 28, several suspects approached a home in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision brandishing handguns. A 36-year-old man was hit on the arm with the butt of a firearm and was injured. The suspects then entered the house without permission, held four occupants at gunpoint while demanding valuables, and then fled with the valuables in a vehicle.
At 11:15 a.m. Wednesday (July 10) police arrested 44-year-old John Krause of Kurtistown and held him at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation. Krause was charged at 1:45 p.m. Thursday with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $21,000.
He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.