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UPDATE: Kona Robbery Third Involving Tourists in Two Days

February 7, 2013, 2:08 PM HST
* Updated February 7, 7:31 PM
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Updated 7:27 p.m. 2/7/2013 with new suspect descriptions.

Police are investigating the third robbery of tourists in the past two days on the Big Island.

Police said the latest incident involved a 41-year-old Japanese man who said he was walking to his hotel early today with three male friends when he was attacked by three men.

The attack occurred at about 2:30 a.m.  at the intersection of Ali‘i Drive and Likana Lane.

Police said the assailants knocked the victim to the ground, punched and kicked him and stole his fanny pack.

The attackers then fled in the direction of Likana Lane.


Police have released detailed descriptions of the suspects. The first suspect is described as a slim local male standing about 5 feet, 9 inches tall. He is thought to be 25 to 26-years-old, sporting a black goatee and ear-length curly brown hair hair. He was described as wearing a gray or beige hooded sweatshirt.


A second suspect is described as a local male of slim-to-medium build, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He is thought to be 25-years-old and was described as wearing black shoes, a black jacket and black shorts.

The third suspect is described as a local male with a small-to-slim build, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall. He is estimated to be 25 to 27-years-old and was described wearing a Cleaveland Indians baseball cap at the time of the attack.

The victim sustained scrapes and abrasions to his arms, legs and back but declined medical attention.


Police ask that anyone with information on the attack call the department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181.

The Kona incident follows the robbery of a Chinese visitor at Hilo’s Rainbow Falls State Park Wednesday afternoon and the knife-point robbery of two tourists in a tent at Kolekole Beach Park early Wednesday morning.

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