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Big Island man charged in connection with armed carjackings

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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Puna man wanted in connection with three Big Island carjackings has been charged with first-degree robbery and kidnapping.

Big Island police arrested 29-year-old Mason Beck Tuesday night in Pahoa.

He had posed as a hitchhiker on multiple occasions, only to pull a weapon on the driver who picked him up.

Beck was wanted for his connection with three separate incidents.

On March 13, a driver reported picking up a hitchhiker who then allegedly used a nail gun to steal the driver's vehicle in Pahoa.

Then, on March 24, another driver's vehicle was stolen by a hitchhiker, this time in Keaau. A knife was used.

On March 25, the latest incident, a 25-year-old male visitor from California picked up a hitchhiker and was ordered to drive to the Kalapana lava viewing area. The hitchhiker threatened the driver with a knife. Once at the viewing area, the suspect fled on foot and was not located. 

Beck is being held on $220,000 bail.

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