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Police investigate two attempted armed robberies in Hilo

By Star-Advertiser staff

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Hawaii County police are investigating two attempted armed robberies over the weekend in Hilo. 

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a fast-food restaurant on Puainako Street to a reported attempted robbery. During the incident, a male reportedly approached a 33-year-old Pahoa woman in her vehicle at the drive-through window, brandished a firearm and threatened her, police said.

The same suspect allegedly approached the employee, a 20-year-old Hilo woman, at the drive-through window, brandished a firearm, threatened her and demanded money. He fled the area without receiving any money.

The suspect was described as possibly a local male with a fair complexion in dark clothing who was concealing his face with what appeared to be a mask. 

Neither victim sustained any injuries as a result of the incidents, which are classified as an attempted first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. 

About 3 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a burglary report at a home on upper Kukuau Street. A 55-year-old Hilo man who was parking in his carport was reportedly accosted by a male who brandished a firearm and threatened him, police said. When the victim's 54-year-old wife entered the carport after hearing the commotion, she was also threatened with the firearm.

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

Neither victim sustained any injuries during this incident. 

Detectives are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a first-degree burglary, first degree attempted robbery, and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. 

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed either incident or who may have information about the identity of the responsible vehicle or person call Detective Norbert Serrao Jr. at 961-2383 or email him at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us. 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. 






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