Robbery suspects sought
Police say an elderly woman reported a robbery attempt in a Hilo park early Thursday morning.
At about 6:32 a.m., police received a report that an 82-year-old tourist was walking near the area of Liliuokalani Park on Banyan Drive in Hilo when she was accosted by two male suspects. One of them approached her from behind and attempted to forcibly take her handbag, causing her to fall to the ground, while the other watched. After their unsuccessful attempt, both suspects fled the area empty handed.
The victim was uninjured and declined treatment.
One suspect was described as in his 20s, approximately 6- feet tall with a slim build. The other was shorter, described as about 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, also with a slim build. Both were wearing dark clothing.
Detectives are investigating the incident as a second-degree attempted robbery.
Police say the Banyan Drive peninsula is a relatively safe area, but those who frequent the park and surrounding areas during the early morning or late evening hours for exercise — as well as others who may be in the area — should be aware of their surroundings. In addition, park users should have a flashlight available during the hours of darkness.
Anyone who may have seen the robbery attempt or who has any information about it call is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email@example.com. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
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