August 1, 2022, 3:00 PM HST
* Updated August 1, 2:03 p.m
Hawai’i Island police arrested a 24-year-old woman for theft and terroristic threats for an incident that occurred at a business in Pāhoa on Monday morning, August 1, during which the female suspect brandished a firearm.
At approximately 9:02 a.m., Puna Patrol officers responded to a report of an active robbery at a business in the 1500 block of Pāhoa Village Road. The suspect, described as a female in her 20s, later identified as Isabella Gonzales of Kamuela, was reportedly seen shoplifting from inside the business and assaulted an employee when confronted about the theft.
The woman then exited the business and brandished a firearm at store employees. Due to the suspect’s actions, the business went into a “lockdown” to ensure the safety of employees and customers. The firearm was not discharged, even though the suspect threatened store employees.
When Patrolman Puna responded to the scene, they located the suspect several hundred feet from the business and arrested him at 9:13 a.m. for first-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.
The Area I Criminal Investigation Section is continuing the investigation.
Police ask anyone with information on this incident to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311, or Detective Clarence Davies of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 808-961-2382.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers islandwide at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe