Big Island hitchhiker charged with multiple offenses

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A Big Island man told police that a hitchhiker threatened to kill him.

Police arrested 33-year-old Lawrence Kekoa Botelho on Friday for threatening a man who picked him up on the side of the road in Hawaiian Paradise Park, which happened on Wednesday.

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The two men then went to a fast-food drive-thru, when the victim said Botelho started acting erratically and at the same time, he saw him with a pistol and knives.

Then the victim got out of his car and said Botelho drove away with it. Botelho was charged with robbery, vehicle theft, and kidnapping.

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