Big Island Police Arrest 61-Year-Old Man – Investigation of Bank Robbery Underway

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a bank robbery that took place Wednesday afternoon (January 29) in Hilo.

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At 1:42 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery at Central Pacific Bank on Kīlauea Avenue, where a man reportedly produced a note and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect, 61-year-old Lelome Kahaualoa Rogers, who has no permanent address, was located on Aupuni Street and arrested at 2:05 p.m. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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