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Police Renew Information Request on Attempted Theft

May 16, 2016, 4:29 PM HST
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badgeAn information request for an Oct. 8, 2015 attempted car theft case in Hilo has been renewed by the Hawai’i Police Department.

HPD reports that officers responded to a 9:35 p.m. call, where they met a 20-year-old man from Volcano at a parking lot at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

The man told police that as he approached his parked sports-utility vehicle, he encountered a male suspect who appeared to be attempting to steal it.

As the victim got closer, the suspect exited the vehicle and entered the passenger side of a truck parked next to it.

Authorities say the victim attempted to restrain the suspect who then assaulted him.


The truck left the parking lot and was last seen traveling west on West Kawili Street.


During the incident, the victim sustained minor injuries. He declined medical treatment.

Police are investigating the incident as an attempted second-degree robbery.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, and at least 200 pounds. He had a heavy build and a fair complexion.


In addition, on the night of the incident, he was wearing pants and a T-shirt over a black long-sleeved shirt. His face was partly covered.

The driver of the truck was described as a thin Caucasian male. He drove an older model, foreign make two-wheel-drive pickup truck. It was light in color but had a darker bed.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspect’s identity should call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter directly by calling 961-2378 or e-mailing [email protected].

Those who prefer to maintain anonymity should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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