Big Island Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Kona Restaurant

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Wednesday night at a restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
Palani and Kuakini

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (September 11), after the restaurant had closed, an unknown man entered the premises near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway, approached a female employee from behind, threatened her with a weapon, forced her into another room and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds and in his mid 20s to early 30s. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black athletic shoes with a white “Nike” emblem. He may have had khaki shorts under his pants.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or wahmow@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.

 

California Man Gets Jaw Broken in Kona Robbery

Big Island police are investigating the robbery of a California man Monday night (October 15) in Kona.

At 10:35 p.m., Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery in the rear parking lot of Aliʻi Sunset Plaza, which is located between Kuakini Highway and Aliʻi Drive in Kailua-Kona.


A 50-year-old Los Angeles man reported that he walked in the direction of a group of males at the rear of the plaza, where he was attacked by two of them. One reportedly struck him in the chin with an unknown object and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from his pants pocket. The other one reportedly struck him in the face with his fist.

The suspects left the area in a small white sports-utility vehicle.

The first suspect, the passenger, was described as a short and stocky local male between 21 and 25 years old with spiked hair. He was wearing white shorts and a white shirt. The second suspect, the driver, is described as 5-foot-10, thin, possibly in his 20s, with a dark complexion and black curly hair.

The victim suffered a broken jaw, loss of teeth and a laceration to his chin. He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has information about the identity of the suspects call Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262.

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 Seeking Witnesses to Kona Robbery

Big Island police are seeking witnesses to a robbery Tuesday night (September 18) in West Hawaiʻi.


Kona patrol officers responded to a 7:45 p.m. report of a robbery in a parking lot below Kona Community Hospital and learned that a 22-year-old Captain Cook woman had been sitting in a parked Gold Mazda sedan when a male reportedly approached her and pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her. After he demanded her valuables, the victim gave the suspect her purse, which was valued at $150 including contents. The suspect then fled toward Haukapila Road in the makai direction.

The suspect was described as 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing dark long pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a red bandanna, which covered his lower face. He spoke with a heavy Pidgin accent.

A red SUV was seen traveling in the makai direction on Haukapila Road at the time the suspect fled. Police would like to speak to the driver or any other potential witnesses who may have been in the vicinity during the robbery.

Police ask that anyone with any information on the incident call Detective Tyson Matsumura at 326-4646, ext. 277, 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.

Big Island Police Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects in Thursdays Robbery in Kona

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in a robbery Thursday afternoon (January 12) at a business in the Kona District.

Top: Suspects in Thursday's robbery fled in a Jeep similar to this. Bottom: Surveillance image from Jan. 5 robbery

Shortly before 1 p.m. a man described as a local male with a dark complexion entered the Keauhou Store in Holualoa and forcibly removed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. A 34-year-old female cashier suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

Surveillance video shows the suspect and another man, who appears to be standing lookout in front of the store.

The first suspect was described as in his mid-20s to mid-30s, approximately 5-foot-10, 150-170 pounds, unshaven and with kinky dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a green T-shirt, slippers and a white cap with a dark brim. The second suspect is described as Caucasion, in his mid 20s, with a slim build and a goatee. He was wearing a light green shirt with buttons, a light-colored baseball cap, dark shorts and shoes.

They both fled north on Highway 180 in a white 2-door Jeep Wrangler with a tan hard top. The Jeep is similar to a Sahara model.

Detectives believe the primary suspect was also involved in a robbery in the Kaloko business area on January 5.

Both men are considered dangerous and possibly armed. Police again advised the public not to approach them.

Police ask that anyone with information on their identity or whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, 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.