Police charge former Hilo man in violent robbery

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County police have charged a former Hilo man in connection with a violent robbery that occurred in May.

On October 5, a 68-year-old Hilo man reported the robbery to police. He said he was taking a couple to Hilo around 1 a.m., when someone assaulted him and stole his wallet.

The victim sustained a serious head injury and was transferred to Oahu for treatment. He reported the incident to police upon his return to the Big Island.

On November 29, after conferring with the prosecutor's office, detectives charged 26-year-old Timothy "Timmy" Russ Southern Jr., who has no permanent address, with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $85,000.