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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.

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

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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.

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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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