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Vehicle Taken at Gunpoint in Lower Puna

Posted July 13, 2017, 01:52 PM HST

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery that occurred on July 12, 2017, in lower Puna.

At about noon, two men were driving on Government Beach Road in the Waa Waa (Kapoho area) when a sedan forced them off the side of the road.

After both vehicles came to a stop, the front seat passenger from the sedan pointed a handgun at the victims and ordered them out of their car.

The suspect then fired one shot in the air before fleeing with the victim’s vehicle, identified as a blue 2007 Honda Accord EX-L, 4-door sedan, Hawai‘i License Plate ZDV 954.

The victims, a 19-year-old and a 24-year-old, both of Hilo, safely escaped into the brush after the shot was fired and were not injured.


The suspect’s vehicle could only be described as a light blue older-model sedan that may have been driven by a short, shirtless, heavyset male.

The gunman, who was wearing a bandana covering the lower portion of his face, is described as being between 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-8 inches with a thin build, having light-colored skin and green eyes. He has black hair in a Mohawk-cut, and was last seen wearing a black tank top and plaid shorts.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any other information about it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or Wendall.Carter@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 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 does not record calls or subscribe to any caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential


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Chris Jackson It was eric Wilson Jr and bj FernandezJuly 13, 2017 02:02pm
Babette Lock WTF ??? Puna is the best place to be. Who these punks causing shit and grief for people? AUWE SHAME ON YOU.July 13, 2017 02:06pm
Karen Root WTF????July 13, 2017 02:13pm
Vicki Scott Unreal....July 13, 2017 02:18pm
Hikayah Versteeg WTH 😈July 13, 2017 02:38pm
Gigi Ignacio This is getting so sick !!!July 13, 2017 02:50pm
Gigi Ignacio Wow was it !!! They don't learn yeh well this ass hole laws is sick any way n they will be out or set as low bail that's why they do the things they doing sad lifesJuly 13, 2017 02:52pm
Gershon Holton That's called a car jacking ! And in Hawaii criminals are free to do whatever they want ... And you voted for it ! So don't even grumbleJuly 13, 2017 03:15pm
Stew B Doo I'm sure they had legal cc permit for that. With the strict gun laws. How else could they have a weapon ?July 13, 2017 03:44pm
James Kong Wasn't Puna declared a sanctuary city by the State AG?July 13, 2017 08:57pm
Eric Aguilar No law West of Puna !July 15, 2017 07:11am

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