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Police investigating attempted robbery in Hilo

Big Island police are investigating a reported attempted robbery early Thursday at a Hilo area park.

Around 6:30 a.m., police received a report that an 82-year-old woman, who is visiting the island, was walking near the area of Liliuokalani Park on Banyan Drive in Hilo when she was approached by two men, according to the Hawaii Police Department. One of them approached her from behind and attempted to forcibly remove her handbag, causing her to fall to the ground, while the other watched. After the unsuccessful attempt, both fled the area.

The woman was not injured and declined treatment, according to police.

One of the men was described as being in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a slim build, according to police. The other was shorter, described as about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, also with a slim build. Both were wearing dark clothing.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing this investigation, which is classified as an attempted second-degree robbery.

Anyone who may have witnessed this robbery attempt or who has any information about it should call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381. Field may also be reached by email at

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.