Police seek alleged robbery suspect

  • composite sketch of suspect

Police are releasing a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a reported robbery in upper Puna.

At 10:18 a.m. Friday, police responded to Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano for a report of a motorcycle hijacked at gunpoint.

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The alleged victim, a 37-year-old Hilo man, told police that he was approached by the suspect who brandished a pistol and demanded the victim’s motorcycle.

The man told police the suspect raised the pistol and fired a shot into the air and the alleged victim ran, with the suspect giving chase. The man told officers the suspect took his motorcycle keys when the alleged victim tripped and fell, sustaining abrasions.

The suspect then reportedly rode off on the stolen motorcycle.

Police say the suspect is a man in his 20s, about 5-feet-10-inches, 165 pounds with a slim build and tan complexion. He had straight black hair pulled into a ponytail and was wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt.

The suspect arrived in a gray Honda sedan with two other individuals, police said. The suspect and the sedan were last seen leaving on Wright Road toward Highway 11.

The stolen motorcycle is identified as a red 2013 Honda CRF250L with Hawaii license plate 188XNX.

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The public is not advised to approach the suspect who should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the stolen motorcycle is asked to call the police Department non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.