81-Year-Old Man Hospitalized Following Reported Home Invasion in Pepe‘ekeo
Authorities are investigating a home invasion in Pepe‘ekeo that sent an 81-year-old to the hospital Wednesday, March 16.
A report of an armed robbery came into Hawai‘i police at approximately 4:30 p.m. South Hilo patrol officers responded to the incident that occurred at a residence on Alakahi Place. Responding officers contacted the 81-year-old victim who reported being in his residence when two male suspects entered and grabbed him from behind, detained him, and physically assaulted him.
The assailants removed a firearm owned by the victim, his cellular telephone, wallet, and an undisclosed amount of money police reported Thursday, March 17.
“After the suspects left the residence, the victim drove to a nearby neighbor’s residence to request assistance calling 911,” police stated. “Responding Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel treated the victim for injuries he sustained to his neck and facial area. However, later in the evening, the victim’s symptoms worsened and he was transported via ambulance to the hospital, where he remains in intensive care.”
The male suspects were described as “local,” possibly being in their 20’s. One was wearing a jacket. It is unknown if they left the area on foot or in a vehicle. They should be considered armed and dangerous.
Area I Criminal Investigation Section personnel responded to the scene to further this investigation and assist in processing the residence for forensic evidence possibly left behind by the suspects.
Police ask anyone with information about this incident or who may have observed suspicious activity in the area to contact Detective Jeremy Kubojiri at 808-961-2378 or email [email protected] or call the police department’s non-emergency line at 808-935-3311.