WAIMEA, Hawaii – A tourist from France was reportedly robbed in the parking lot of the Waimea Shopping Center on Monday night. Hawaii County Police issued this media release on Tuesday:
Sometime between 8:50 p.m. and 9 p.m., a 34-year-old visitor from France was standing by his rental car in the parking lot of Waimea Shopping Center when an unknown man approached him and asked if he had a cigarette or money. After being told no, the man shoved the visitor against the car and grabbed a bag of clothing the visitor was carrying. The suspect then fled west on Māmalahoa Highway on foot with the clothing, valued at $50.
The suspect is described as local, in his 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall with a thin build, a pointy nose and a word tattooed on the right side of his neck. He was wearing shorts and a dark “hoodie.”Hawaii Police media release, Jan. 28, 2014
Anyone with information about this case can call 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.