Police are investigating an attempted robbery in which a Hilo area convenience store employee was forced into her car by a masked robber early Tuesday morning.
Shortly after midnight, police received a report of a woman yelling for assistance in the area of Leilani Street and Kanoelehua Avenue. Responding officers determined that a male suspect attempted to rob the Minit Stop employee but fled after residents in the area responded to the 53-year-old woman’s calls for help.
According to a Hawaii County Police Department report, the suspect demanded money before forcing the woman into her vehicle. He then entered the vehicle himself and forced the employee to drive from the store after brandishing a knife. After driving a short distance the victim was able to get the attention of nearby residents.
The suspect then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot on Kalanikoa Street. Police said they recovered evidence left by the suspect and video surveillance from the store.
The woman was not injured.
The case is classified as a first-degree attempted robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and kidnapping.
The suspect is described as being in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5-foot-6 inches tall, about 150-pounds, with dark colored shoulder length hair. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored long-sleeve shirt and long shorts.
Police ask anyone with any information about this incident or anyone who may know the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Tuckloy Aurello at (808) 961-2385 or email@example.com or Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 .