KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii: Hawaii County Police are reporting a violent robbery on Kuakini Highway in Kona. The suspects are still at large.
From the police:
Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men responsible for a robbery Sunday night (July 24) in Kailua-Kona.
A 20-year-old Kailua-Kona man and a 24-year-old Kailua-Kona woman were walking along the Mauka side of Kuakini Highway just north of the Kama’aina Hale apartments sometime between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. when two local males came out of the bushes. One was holding a rock and the other demanded money from the male victim. When the victim said he didn’t have any, the man who had asked for it struck him in the face with his fist. The woman then gave the suspects cash and they fled on foot, crossing the street and down an unimproved dirt road that runs between Kuakini Highway and Ali’i Drive.
The male victim sustained a cut lip and some bruising but required no medical attention.
One of the suspects was described as 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, 160 to 180 pounds with short hair and a deep voice. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt that appeared to have a faded design on the abdomen area.
The other suspect was described as about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 200 to 223 pounds with long hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a jersey shirt inside an unbuttoned plaid dark gray-and-white dress shirt.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Tyson Matsumura at 326-4646, extension 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 or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.