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Police search for gunman in University of Hawaii Hilo incident

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:41 a.m. HST, Dec 12, 2013

Hawaii County police are asking for the public's help in finding a gunman in an incident at the University of Hawaii Hilo.

Police said a 25-year-old employee at UH Hilo told police he was threatened by a man who brandished a firearm and pointed it at him before fleeing in a black Toyota pickup truck at about 9 a.m Wednesday.

Police said the victim left campus and went home to Puna before calling police just after 10 a.m. to report the incident.

The suspect was described as a man in his 30s with a dark complexion and a neatly trimmed beard with long sideburns to his chin. He was wearing black sunglasses. The truck was described as a lifted black Toyota Tacoma with black rims and dark black tint and a white "NSPYR" sticker near the gas fill cover.

Anyone who has information about this case or the identity or whereabouts of the suspect or vehicle is asked to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or

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

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