The woman then left the establishment and pointed a gun at the shop staff. The business establishment entered a “lockdown” as a result of the suspect’s conduct to protect the safety of its staff and clients. Despite the suspect’s threats towards store personnel, the gun was not discharged.
This inquiry is still being conducted by the Area I Criminal Investigation Section.
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.
Puna Patrol officers responded to a report of an ongoing robbery at a business in the 1500 block of Phoa Village Road at at 9:02 a.m. The suspect, later identified as Isabella Gonzales of Kamuela, was apparently seen shoplifting from within the establishment and assaulted a worker when confronted about the theft. She was initially characterised as a girl in her 20s.
When Puna police arrived on the area, they found the woman several hundred yards from the establishment and detained her for first-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening at 9:13 a.m.