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Big Island Police Seeking Information on Attempted Waiakea Villas Robbery

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about an attempted robbery that occurred in Hilo on October 31, 2013.

At about 8 p.m. on that date, police responded to the Waiākea Villas after receiving a report from a 49-year-old Hilo man that while walking in the complex toward his vehicle in the parking lot, he was accosted by a man who brandished a weapon and demanded money. After the victim refused the demand, the suspect fled the area. The victim was not injured in the robbery attempt.

Composite sketch

Composite sketch

The suspect is described as a local male in his late 20s, about 5-foot-10, about 200 pounds with a light mustache. He was wearing a black T-shirt, dark shorts and a cap embroidered with the words “BJ Penn.”

Police released a composite drawing of the suspect with hope that someone will recognize him. Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect or who has any information on this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or duyetake@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.

Big Island Police Searching for Suspect in Hilo Robbery This Morning

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Friday morning (January 31) in Hilo.

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Between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., a 31-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk on the mauka side of Kanoelehua Avenue near the intersection of Leilani Street when he was approached by a man on a bicycle who brandished a knife and demanded money. The suspect then rode north with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, thin, in his mid 30s to early40s with long hair. He was wearing a white tank top, bright red or orange shorts and was carrying a light-colored messenger bag.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or who knows the identity of the suspect 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 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.

Second Robbery Reported Today in Hilo – Suspects Still at Large

Police are investigating a reported robbery attempt in a Hilo park early Thursday morning (January 31).
HPDBadgeAt about 6:32 a.m., police received a report that an 82-year-old female visitor was walking near the area of Liliuokalani Park on Banyan Drive in Hilo when she was accosted by two male suspects. One of them approached her from behind and attempted to forcibly remove her handbag, causing her to fall to the ground, while the other watched. After their unsuccessful attempt, both suspects fled the area empty handed.

The victim was uninjured and declined treatment.

One suspect was described as in his 20s, approximately 6- feet tall with a slim build. The other was shorter, described as about 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, also with a slim build. Both were wearing dark clothing.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing this investigation, which is classified as an attempted second-degree robbery.

Although the Banyan Drive peninsula is a relatively safe area, police would like to issue an advisory to the public who often frequent the park and surrounding areas during the early morning or late evening hours for exercise—as well as others who may be in the area—to be cognizant of their surroundings. In addition, park users should have a flashlight available during the hours of darkness.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this robbery attempt or who has any information about it call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381. Detective Field may also be reached by email at jfield@hawaiicounty.gov.

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.