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Police and Fire

For Saturday, June 11, 2011

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services


7-Eleven robber wields handgun

Honolulu police are looking for a gunman who robbed a 7-Eleven store in Kalihi just after midnight Thursday.

Police said the man, armed with a handgun, demanded money from two male employees at the store at North King and Kohou streets at about 12:20 a.m.

He fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

There were no injuries.

RadioShack robbers tie up workers

Two men tied up employees at the Wahiawa RadioShack store at gunpoint and stole items Wednesday night, Hono­lulu police said.

The suspects, two males of an unknown age, were still at large. Detectives said one of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cashier before tying up the employees at about 8 p.m.

They fled on foot, police said.

Son charged with assault on father

Honolulu police have charged a 25-year-old Kaneohe man who allegedly hit his father with a wheelbarrow handle and threatened to kill him during an argument Monday.

Police said Brandon Iopa Lambert turned himself in at the Kaneohe police station Thursday at 10 a.m. He was charged Friday with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening and was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Police said an argument between the suspect and his 47-year-old father escalated Monday at about 8 a.m. and that the suspect fled the scene.

Cause of Ewa blaze undetermined

A blaze at an Ewa townhouse caused about $95,000 in damage to the unit and its contents Thursday morning, Honolulu fire investigators said.

They were not able to determine what caused the 9:40 a.m. fire, Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.

A man and woman living in the unit escaped, but the man sustained injuries to his head and back after he went back into the apartment in an unsuccessful effort to save a pet cat.

Two men sleeping in the unit next door could not leave when flames blocked the front door and porch. Quick-acting maintenance workers at the complex raised a ladder two stories so that they could escape from the third-floor lanai.


Scam involves official-looking ‘police' emails

Big Island police are warning the public about an email scam that uses the county's logo and other information, such as a picture of a police officer, to mimic official letterhead.

A Kauai woman received several emails as part of a scam attempting to obtain large sums of money from her, Hawaii County police reported.

The emails contained a photo of a Hawaii County police officer, a Police Department logo and other information that had been taken from the Hawaii Police Department's website in an apparent attempt to mimic official letterhead and impersonate a police officer.

"The Hawaii Police Department does not contact the public in this manner," said Big Island Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira. "If you receive an email like this, please do not respond to it. Instead, report the incident to police immediately."

The Kauai Police Department also is investigating the incident.

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