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Big Island father, son charged with numerous offenses following armed robbery of hitchhiker

Sloan Deleon (other mugshots unavailable) Sloan Deleon (other mugshots unavailable)

Big Island police have charged a father and son in connection with the armed robbery of a hitchhiker in Kona, but several additional charges have now caught up to them.

The 23-year-old victim told police that he was hitchhiking along Alii Drive at around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 where a white sports-utility vehicle stopped for him. Once inside, a male passenger reportedly threatened to stab him in neck unless he handed over the contents of his pockets. The individuals in the SUV then ordered him out of the vehicle after he turned over a cell phone, cigarettes, a lighter and cash.

After the victim described the vehicle and provided the license plate number to police, officers were able to locate it on Oct. 29 on Kuakini Highway. They initially arrested the driver, 43-year-old Robert Deleon, on unrelated offenses for a domestic incident that happened in 2014.

Later that day, police arrested Robert Deleon’s son, 22-year-old Sloan Deleon, and 27-year-old Leilani Parent at a home in Keahou Mauka. Both were initially arrested and charged with contempt of court and violating terms of probation.

Robert and Sloan Deleon were also arrested on suspicion of robbery for the hitchhiking incident.

As part of the investigation, a search warrant was executed for the SUV, where they found substances suspected as methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs. Robert Deleon was then arrested on suspicion of meth trafficking, promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

On Friday, Robert and Sloan Deleon were each charged with first-degree robbery. Bail is set at $50,000 each.   

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