Authorities seek attempted robber

Police are investigating an attempted robbery they said occurred Oct. 31 in Hilo.

At about 8 p.m. on that date, police responded to the Waiakea Villas after receiving a report from a 49-year-old Hilo man that while walking in the complex toward his vehicle in the parking lot, he was accosted by a man who brandished a weapon and demanded money. After the victim refused the demand, the suspect fled the area. The victim was not injured in the robbery attempt.

The suspect is described as a local male in his late 20s, about 5-foot-10, about 200 pounds with a light mustache. He was wearing a black T-shirt, dark shorts and a cap embroidered with the words “BJ Penn.”

Police are releasing a composite drawing of the suspect with hope someone will recognize him.

Anyone who might know the identity of the suspect or who has any information on this incident is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.


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