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Firearm Used in Two Attempted Robberies in Hilo

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Police are investigating two incidents involving firearms that occurred in the early-morning hours over the weekend in Hilo.

The most recent occurred at around 3 a.m. Sunday on upper Kukuau Street.

Police said a 55-year-old man was parking his vehicle in his carport when he was accosted by a man brandishing a firearm. After hearing the commotion, the resident’s 54-year-old wife entered the carport and was also threatened by the gunman.

The suspect then fled the area on foot toward Kukuau Street. He was described as a young local male with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was wearing dark clothing and what appeared to be a mask to conceal his identity.

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The other incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday and involved a vehicle at the drive-in window of a fast-food restaurant on Puainako Street.

Police said a man with a gun threatened the 33-year-old Pahoa woman driving the car. The suspect then brandished the firearm at the 20-year-old Hilo woman working at the restaurant’s drive-in window and demanded money.

The suspect, described as possibly a local male with a fair complexion, left without receiving any money.

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Anyone with information on the attempted robberies is asked to call Det. Norbert Serrao Jr. at 961-2383 or by email at [email protected]

 

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