Police investigating Kolekole robbery


Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred in a Wednesday morning in a Hilo Park.

A 29-year-old woman and 29 year-old man camping at the Kolekole Beach Park reported about 5 a.m. to police that they were awakened by a man who entered their tent and threatened them with a knife before taking several of their possessions and the keys to a rental vehicle that was parked nearby, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

The man left the area in the rental vehicle, which was described as a white 2012 Ford Mustang coupe that police later found abandoned in the upper Wainaku area, according to police.

Both victims were uninjured and summoned police from a nearby residence, according to police. Police are investigating the case as first-degree robbery, second- and third-degree theft, first-degree terroristic threatening, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and unlawful imprisonment.

The suspect was described as Caucasian, in his mid 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 150 to 160 pounds, with a fair complexion, and clean-shaven. He was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket or hoodie and possibly a khaki colored pants.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or may have witnessed the robbery should contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or by email at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us. 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.