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Female College Student Thwarts Robbery Attempt at UH Hilo

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery Tuesday night in Hilo.

At approximately 8:10 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus to a report of an incident near the theater. A 24-year-old woman was reportedly accosted by a lone male suspect, who attempted to forcibly steal items she had in her possession. The woman managed to thwart the attempt by striking the suspect, who then fled on foot.

The victim, a student of the college, suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned, thin male, approximately 5-foot-8, wearing a black “hoodie” and jeans.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation into this incident, which is classified as a robbery.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385, Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 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 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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