A Kaʻū woman has been arrested and a Kaʻū man is being sought in connection with a robbery involving a hatchet.
In response to a 9:22 a.m. call Sunday (January 26), Kaʻū patrol officers received a report that a 47-year-old Discovery Harbor woman walking near her parked car on South Point Road had been threatened with a hatchet by another woman who got out of a white Toyota sedan.
The two women scuffled and the victim was able to take the hatchet away and throw it into the brush on the side of the road. During the scuffle, the victim suffered a bite on the right forearm. A man then exited the Toyota, reached into the victim’s car and removed a bag containing a laptop, a cellular telephone and a wallet.
The male suspect fled in the Toyota after a passerby stopped to intervene. The female suspect entered the victim’s car and unsuccessfully attempted to start it. She then ran into the bushes.
Police investigation led to the identity of the female suspect. Monday afternoon (January 27), police arrested 25-year-old Trinety Crapser of Ocean View and took her to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
Tuesday (January 28), detectives charged Crapser with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. Her bail was set at $62,000. She remained at the cellblock pending her initial court appearance Wednesday morning (January 29).
Police also want to question 23-year-old Kainoa Kahele-Bishop of Ocean View about this case. He is described as 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or email@example.com.
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.