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.