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Police investigating Puna home invasion, robbery

July 8, 2014 - 3:52pm

Hawaii Island police are investigating a home invasion robbery early Tuesday morning in Puna.

Puna Patrol officers responded to a 2:30 a.m. report of a robbery at a home in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

An unknown man, whose face was obscured with fabric, entered a house on 1st Avenue off Makuu Street, brandished what appeared to be a firearm and threatened the 80-year-old male occupant. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-2, weighing 140 pounds, and having brown eyes and a long, thin face. He was wearing baggy brown pants and a short-sleeved multicolored shirt.

Anyone with information about this case or the identity of the suspect should call the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Royce Serrao at 961-2272 or

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.