KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Kona women are in police custody following their arrest for the robbery of a teenage girl.
On February 15 at 2:24 p.m., a 13-year-old Kailua-Kona girl reported that she had been waiting for a Hele-On bus at the intersection of Kealakaʻa Street and Kealakehe Street when two women approached her, attacked her and stole her backpack. The victim sustained a laceration to her lip and abrasions to her leg and arms.
Detectives continued the investigation, determined the identities of two suspects, and put out an all-points bulletin for the arrest of 18-year-old Judie Kahele of Kailua-Kona and 19-year-old Kayla Arellano of Kailua-Kona.
At 10 p.m. Tuesday (February 19), Kona patrol officers arrested both women and took them to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation. Detectives later recovered the victim's backpack.
At 9 a.m. Thursday (February 21), detectives charged both women with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and fourth-degree theft. Their bail was set at $7,000 each.