Kona robbery 09-03-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Acting Lieutenant Myra Iwamoto
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 281
September 3, 2009
Report No. C09025631

Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at a Kailua-Kona convenience store Thursday morning (September 3).

Just after 8 a.m., a man entered the ABC Store in the Coconut Grove complex on Ali’i Drive, attacked a 68-year-old female cashier with a knife and demanded that she open her cash register. The cashier was unable to open the register. The store manager, a 50-year-old Kailua-Kona man, threw another cash drawer onto the floor near the store’s exit.

The robber fled the store on foot with the cash drawer and headed south through the complex. He was last seen going into a driveway that leads to the Kama’aina Hale apartment complex on Kuakini Highway.

The cashier received minor injuries in the attack.

The robber was described as a thin local male in his early 20s with tan-to-dark skin and a mustache. He appeared to be 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall and about 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, orange and green surf shorts with a floral print and a baseball cap that had a yellow and black bill visible from under the sweatshirt’s hood.

Police ask that anyone with information about his identity or with any other information about the case call Detective Tyson Matsumura at 326-4646, Ext. 277, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo of 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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