Big Island Police Investigating New Years Day Robbery in Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery in Kona during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

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On Wednesday (January 1), Kona Patrol officers responded to a 2:22 a.m. report of a robbery in the parking lot of a store on the 74-5000 block of Kamakaeha Avenue in Kailua-Kona.

The victims, a 19-year-old Hilo man and two 18-year-old Hilo men, reported that they were in the parking lot when a dark gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck pulled up. The truck’s passenger got out of the Toyota with something concealing his face, approached them with a handgun and robbed them of a red backpack, personal identification, credit cards, cellular phones and an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled on Makala Boulevard in the truck with the stolen items.

The victims recovered their cell phones, which thrown out of the truck as it left the area.

The gunman was described as a skinny local male, about 5-foot-8 who spoke pidgin.

Police ask anyone who has any information about this case to call 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 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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