Teen charged in connection with Hilo carjacking

Alkapone Cruz-Balles
Alkapone Cruz-Balles

Big Island police have charged the man arrested in connection with a carjacking Wednesday night in Hilo.

Alkapone Cruz-Balles, 19, who has no permanent address, was charged late Friday afternoon (July 19) with first-degree robbery and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $12,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 22).

A Hilo man was ready to get into his car at the Target parking lot of on Puainako Avenue when police say Cruz-Balles brandished a weapon and threatened the victim. Police say he then took the keys and took of in the car.

Police found the car in the Pohoiki area.

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