Police seek info on May Puna attempted robbery

Hawaii Island police released on Wednesday a sketch of a man who reportedly attempted to rob a 7-11 convenience store in Pahoa in May.

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Hawaii Island police released on Wednesday a sketch of a man who reportedly attempted to rob a 7-11 convenience store in Pahoa in May.

Police said a man entered the store at about 8:30 p.m. May 2 and demanded money from an employee. After the 19-year-old man refused the demand, the suspect fled the area. The victim was not injured in the robbery attempt.

The suspect was described as a local male in his early 20s, between 5-foot-8- and 5-foot-10-inches tall, weighing about 165 pounds with a muscular upper body. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, blue sweat pants, black-and-white Converse style shoes and black rubber gloves, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

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Anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may know the identity of the suspect should call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or deuytetake@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

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