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Suspect pleads guilty to four robberies 09-21-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
CAPTAIN SAMUEL THOMAS
PHONE: 961-2251
SEPTEMBER 21, 2004

Photo of William Paul Robinson

WILLIAM PAUL ROBINSON
…pleads guilty to four robberies

MEDIA RELEASE

A 37-year-old Puna man pleaded guilty Monday (September 20, 2004) in Hilo Circuit Court to four separate robberies last year in South Hilo and Puna.

The defendant, William Paul Robinson, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree robbery and was scheduled for a sentencing hearing on November 1, 2004, in Circuit Court.

Captain Samuel Thomas, head of the East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Division, said the guilty pleas culminated nearly a year-long robbery investigation by Detective Greg Esteban of the East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section.

Robinson had been indicted by a Big Island grand jury for the June 1, 2003, robbery of a 45-year-old male victim in the parking lot of a video store in Hilo. In that incident, the robber used pepper spray to render his victim helpless.

In a plea-bargaining agreement with county prosecutors, Robinson also pleaded guilty to:

Police officers recovered the bicycles, all stolen, after the robberies were committed.

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