Three Suspects Charged in Beating, Robbery 03-17-01

PHONE: 961-2252
MARCH 17, 2001

Three young men have been charged with robbery after they allegedly beat and robbed another male early Friday (March 16, 2000) in the Banyan Drive area.

Responding to a 12:56 a.m. report of a robbery, Hilo patrol officers found a 22-year-old male victim who told them he was robbed in the Hawaii Naniloa Golf course parking lot.

The victim said he was approached by a vehicle carrying five local males. He said two of the males got out, and one punched him and robbed him of $20.

At 1:15 a.m., Hilo patrol officers arrested the five suspects. The suspects were identified as Ellswood Noeau, 22, of an Alawaina Street address; Daya Polikapu, 18, of Desha Avenue; Justin Flores, 19, of Awapuhi Street; Dustin Sims, 19, of Kalanikoa Street; and Earl Willet Jr., 18, also of Kalanikoa Street.

At 3 p.m., Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives charged three of the suspects. Polikapu was charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree assault and is being held on a total bail of $6,000. Noeau and Flores were each charged with second-degree robbery, and each is being held on $5,000 bail.

The other two suspects were released without charges.

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