Big Island police investigate Hilo carjacking

Big Island police are investigating an apparent carjacking that happened Wednesday night in a parking lot of a Hilo shopping complex.

Police say the incident happened at about 6:38 pm in the parking lot of Target on Puainako Avenue.

Investigators say a 24 year-old Hilo man was about to enter his Hyundai sedan when he was attacked by a man who brandished a weapon.  The suspect took the keys entered the car and drove off.

An island-wide bulletin was issued and the vehicle was located in the Pohoiki area late last night.  A 19 year-old former Mountain View man was taken into custody and remains in the police cellblock while investigate.

A 14 year-old female who was with the suspect at the time of his arrest was interviewed by detectives and released to her parents.

Detectives are also reviewing video surveillance footage that was recovered from Target.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or may have witnessed the robbery to call Detective Clarence Davies III at 961-2384 or by email at or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email at

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