HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
LIEUTENANT STEVEN GUILLERMO
DECEMBER 16, 2003
MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Hilo police arrested a 52-year-old male suspect Tuesday (December 16, 2003) for falsely telling bank employees there were explosives in his safety deposit box set to go off.
The suspect, identified as David Austin Lenhard, was arrested on Kilauea Avenue about four hours after the incident occurred at the American Savings Bank on Pauahi Street.
Responding to an 8:30 a.m. call, police determined that the suspect walked into the bank and told employees there were explosives set to detonate in his safety deposit box.
The suspect didn’t demand money, but instead left the bank on foot in an unknown direction.
After he left, employees shut down the bank and called police. Police and bank employees then contacted a locksmith to open the suspect’s safety deposit box. When the safety deposit box was opened, authorities found no explosives inside.
The bank was closed for the rest of the business day.
The suspect was arrested at 12:45 p.m. for terroristic threatening and is being held at the Hilo cellblock pending further investigation.
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