Tourist reportedly robbed in Kona Thursday


A 41-year-old Japanese visitor was reportedly robbed by three men early Thursday in the downtown Kailua-Kona area.

The man reported that he was attacked around 2:30 a.m. by three men while walking with three of his male friends to his hotel, according to the Hawaii Police Department. The men reportedly knocked the 41-year-old to the ground, punched and kicked him and then took his fanny pack, which contained undisclosed personal items.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Alii Drive and Likana Lane, according to police. Police are working to identify the suspects and determine whether the robbery is connected to other robberies reported in East Hawaii, said Area II Criminal Investigations Section Lt. Gerald Wike.

The suspects, described as being local males in their mid-20s, then fled toward Likana Lane, according to police.

The victim sustained scrapes and abrasions to his arms, legs and back, but declined medical attention, according to police.

Anyone with information on the incident should call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, ext. 228. Lewis can also be reached via email at jlewis@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.