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Hawaii County police seek information on Kona robbery

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii County police are seeking witnesses to an armed robbery Tuesday night in a parking lot below Kona Community Hospital.

Kona patrol officers said a 22-year-old Captain Cook woman had been sitting in a parked gold Mazda sedan when a male approached her and pointed what appeared to be a firearm. The victim gave the suspect her purse, which was valued at $150 including contents, after he demanded her valuables, police said.

The suspect then fled toward Haukapila Road in the makai direction. The robbery was reported about 7:45 p.m.

The suspect was described as 5-feet 8-inches tall weighing about 150 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing dark long pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a red bandanna, which covered his lower face. He spoke with a heavy pidgin accent.

A red SUV was seen traveling in the makai direction on Haukapila Road at the time the suspect fled. Police would like to speak to the driver or any other potential witnesses who may have been in the vicinity during the robbery.

Anyone with any information ot can call Detective Tyson Matsumura at 326-4646, ext. 277, or the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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