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Police renew request for information about attempted robbery

March 6, 2014 - 12:36pm

Hawaii Island police are renewing their request for information about an attempted robbery that occurred in Hilo on Halloween night 2013

At about 8 p.m. Oct. 31, 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, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. 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 “local,” in his late 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds with a light mustache, according to police. He was wearing a black T-shirt, dark shorts and a cap embroidered with the words “BJ Penn.”

Police released a composite drawing of the suspect with hope that someone will recognize him. Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect or who has any information on this incident is asked to call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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