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Police arrest man suspected in Kapiolani Park gunpoint robbery

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  • Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man suspected in a brazen daylight armed robbery at Kapiolani Park on Monday. (Courtesy CrimeStoppers Hawaii)

Numerous tips to the CrimeStoppers Honolulu program led to the arrest of a 34-year-old homeless man, suspected of a brazen armed robbery of a soccer mom at Kapiolani Park, at a hotel near the Honolulu Airport this morning. 

Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of first-degree robbery and kidnapping at 6:20 a.m. at at the Pacific Marina Inn on Waiwai Loop. 

He has not been charged. 

CrimeStoppers and police received numerous tips Wednesday after releasing surveillance photos of a man seen using a stolen credit card in Haleiwa. 

The suspect has five prior felony convictions, including one for second-degree robbery last year. 

The gunpoint robbery Monday of a soccer mom who was waiting in her car while her daughter practiced at Kapiolani Park has parents and their children on alert to avoid being victimized. 

Police said the 46-year-old woman was seated in her vehicle while parked at Kapiolani Park at about 5:20 p.m. Monday when a man entered from the passenger’s side, showed her a handgun and demanded her belongings. 

The victim said that an unknown man entered her car, pointed a gun at her and forced her to drive him around Kapiolani Park. He eventually ordered her to stop the car, and he fled with her jewelry, purse and cellphone, Scott Keopuhiwa, president of the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association said. 

He wrote to soccer parents, urging everyone to “always be cautious of their surroundings.”

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