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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Puna man being held after using rifle in try for drugs from pharmacy

Advertiser Staff

A 28-year-old Puna man is being held by Hawaii County police after he allegedly demanded drugs from a pharmacy in the Puainako Town Center Tuesday.

Police say Paul Santoro was armed with a loaded 30.06 bolt-action rifle when he entered the pharmacy. They say no shots were fired.
Police say Santoro was detained by employees who disarmed him in a struggle.
Two pharmacy employees were injured. A female allegedly was struck in the back of her head by Santoro and a male sustained lacerations to his hands. Both refused treatment.
Santoro complained of an injury to his arm and was treated at Hilo Medical Center.
Santoro also was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Lt. Mitch Kanehailua at 961-2252, or the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.