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Police Searching for Five to Six Young Men Accused of Accosting Man Near Pahoa High School

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects of a reported robbery in Puna early Friday morning (March 30).

A 39-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he was walking along Highway 130 near Pāhoa High School around 2:15 a.m. when he was accosted by five to six young men who were also walking in the area. One of them started a conversation with the victim. While the victim was distracted, the other men assaulted him and removed his backpack. They then fled the area.

The victim walked to Pāhoa town and notified police. He refused medical treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries.

Police recovered the backpack that was taken during the assault.

All the suspects were described as being in their 20s. One was described as “local looking,” approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 with dark short hair, a medium build and a medium complexion. He was wearing a black T-shirt.

Another suspect was described as having a light complexion, reddish-brown short hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a black T-shirt and a ball cap.

A third suspect was described having dark shoulder-length hair, a goatee, a medium build and a medium complexion. He was wearing a T-shirt and ball cap.

The investigation is classified as a second-degree robbery and a third-degree assault.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao Jr. by phone at 961-2383 or by email at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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