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Hawaii island police ask for public's help to ID would-be bank robber

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:26 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014

Hawaii island police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted for the attempted robbery of a bank in Hilo. 

Just before 6 p.m. Friday, police responded to a reported robbery attempt at the Territorial Savings Bank branch on Makaala Street in Hilo. At about 5:53 p.m., a man entered the bank and produced a note demanding money. He fled the bank without any money and was last seen running toward Pohaku Street. 

No one was injured during the robbery attempt. 

The suspect was described as in his mid-to-late 20s, about 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2, about 185 to 200 pounds with short wavy black hair and facial acne. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-black striped pullover, jeans, and black shoes with red laces. 

The suspect appears to be the same individual who entered the bank earlier in the day to inquire about banking there. Police recovered bank surveillance video and still images. 

Police ask anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn't record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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