Thursday | February 23, 2017
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Attempted bank robber sought

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for the attempted robbery of a bank in Hilo.

Just before 6 p.m. Friday, police responded to a reported robbery attempt at the Territorial Savings Bank branch on Makaala Street. Responding officers learned that at about 5:53 p.m., a lone male entered the bank and produced a note demanding money. He fled the bank without any money and was last seen running toward Pohaku Street. No one was injured during the robbery attempt.

The suspect was described as Caucasian, in his mid- to late 20s, 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, 185-200 pounds with short wavy black hair and facial acne. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-black striped pullover, jeans and black shoes with red laces.

The suspect appears to be the same individual who entered the bank earlier in the day to inquire about banking there.

Police recovered bank surveillance video and still images.

Anyone with information on this incident or who may know the identity of the suspect is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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