Big Island man charged with robbery and assault

 UPDATED 5:52 PM HST Sep 18, 2013
Klay Brian Bensch

Big Island police have charged a man in connection with a robbery Wednesday night at a restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

The night of Wednesday, Sept. 11, an unknown man entered the premises of a restaurant near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway. He approached a female employee from behind, threatened her with a weapon, forced her into another room and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. Then he fled on foot.

Big Island detectives investigated and arrested 30-year-old Klay Brian Bensch, of Kailua-Kona, on Tuesday for suspicion of robbery.

Bensch faces charges of first–degree robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, second-degree assault and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $29,000 dollars.

Police are holding Bensch at the Kona cellblock pending his initial court appearance, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept.  19.

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