Police seek suspect in violent robbery

  • ELIJAH LOPEZ

Police are seeking leads on the location of a 21-year-old Hilo man wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred early this morning in downtown Hilo.

At about 6:40 a.m., officers received a report of a robbery in front of the Palace Theater.

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The suspect 21-year-old Elijah Lopez, of no known permanent address, was said to have struck the alleged victim, a 67-year-old homeless man, in the head with an unknown object, and took the man’s belongings before fleeing on foot toward Wainaku.

Lopez is described as 5 foot 11 inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown, medium length hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the downtown Hilo and Kailua-Kona areas.

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The alleged victim was treated and released at Hilo Medical Center.

Anyone with information about the case to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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