Kona Robbery 11-17-00

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
CAPTAIN JULIAN H. SHIROMA
PHONE: 326-4213
NOVEMBER 17, 2000
G-48634

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police are looking for a man who robbed the Kealakekua, Kona, branch of the American Savings Bank on Friday (November 17, 2000).

Responding to an 11:03 a.m. call, Kona police determined that a man entered the bank, threatened that he had a bomb in his backpack and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank on foot.

No injuries were reported in the robbery.

The suspect was described as a male in his 20s, possibly being part-Caucasian with a light tan complexion, being 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-7 in height and weighing about 150 pounds with a slim build. Witnesses said he appeared to be clean-shaven.

The suspect was wearing a light-colored baseball cap over a reddish bandana that covered his head, dark tinted sunglasses, a dark-colored T-shirt and dark-colored long pants.

Police said they will release a photograph of the suspect taken by a bank surveillance camera as soon as the film is developed.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the identify of the suspect is asked to call Detective Albert Pacheco of the Kona Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4230 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona and 961-8300 in Hilo. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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