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33-year-old Puna man charged with robbery, kidnapping, terror threat, and operating a stolen vehicle.

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33-year-old Puna man charged with robbery, kidnapping, terror threat, and operating a stolen vehicle.

HILO (KITV4) - Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced on Monday that 33-year-old Lawrence Kekoa Botelho from Puna was charged in relation to a string of offenses that occurred between October 20th and October 22nd.

The report alleges, Bothelho, who has a prior felony conviction for robbery in the second degree was charged with six offenses including robbery in the first degree (theft of a Mazda Tribute with the use of a knife, firearm, and/or simulated firearm), kidnapping, terroristic threatening in the first degree (with the use of a knife, firearm, and/or simulated firearm), promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. 

The most serious offense is robbery in the first degree and kidnapping, both are class A felony offenses that carry a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison.

Botelho, a repeat offender, faces a mandatory prison term if convicted as charged of any of the felony offenses, with the exception of the drug offense. At the time of his arrest, Botelho was also arrested for an outstanding warrant related to a motion for revocation of his felony probation.

Botelho will make his initial appearance on Monday in Hilo District Court. He remains in custody in lieu of $132,000.00 bail on all matters.

The charges are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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