Bank robbery attempt foiled 06-17-03

PHONE: 961-2384
JUNE 17, 2003


Police are on the lookout for a male suspect who tried unsuccessfully to rob the Home Street Bank in Hilo on Tuesday afternoon (June 17, 2003).

Shortly after 1 p.m., a lone male walked into the bank wearing a cloth over his head, a respirator covering his nose and mouth, dark-colored pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

The man, believed to be Caucasian, brandished a knife and demanded money several times from the tellers. When the tellers ignored him, he climbed over the counter and tried to open locked drawers. Unable to obtain any money, the suspect climbed back over the counter and into the lobby area, where he again demanded money. When he failed to obtain any money, he threw his knife down and ran out of the bank.

The suspect was last seen riding a dark-colored bicycle toward Kilauea Avenue and traveling in the Puna direction.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Greg Esteban at 961-2384 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. 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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