Machete-wielding suspects break into Kona home, steal marijuana

Alihilani Stringert
Alihilani Stringert

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kona man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses in connection with a robbery last week in Kailua-Kona.

On February 17, Kona patrol officers responded to an apartment on the 75-5000 block of Lamaokeola Street in Kailua-Kona to a reported robbery.

They received information that a 37-year-old male resident had been visiting with a 36-year-old male friend when a male acquaintance and another man arrived uninvited, brandishing a handgun and a machete. The intruders held down the two men, assaulted them, demanded money and marijuana and then fled on foot after taking the occupant's wallet and 10 grams of marijuana.

The occupant sustained minor cuts and scrapes to his hand and forehead. His visitor sustained redness and pain around his left eye. Both men declined medical treatment.

On February 20, police arrested the acquaintance, 25-year-old Alihilani Stringert of Kailua-Kona, for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in an unrelated case and took him to the Kona police cellblock. While he was in custody, detectives arrested him in connection with the robbery and continued the investigation.

On February 22, he was charged with kidnapping, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, second-degree theft, two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The second suspect is still at large. Police ask anyone who knows his identity or has any additional information about this case to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Jason Berryhill at 326-4646, extension 275. Detective Berryhill also may be reached by email at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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