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Police investigating attempted robbery of girl in Hilo Monday (Jan 16)

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Big Island police are investigating an attempted robbery Monday night in downtown Hilo.

A 14-year-old girl was reportedly accosted at the Moʻoheau bus terminal between 11:45 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. by a young man who brandished an edged weapon and demanded her purse.

The victim fled without giving up her purse and ran along Kamehameha Avenue until she reached a business and called the police.

The suspect is described as a local or Hispanic male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-4 and 115-120 pounds with a dark complexion, a bald head and a mustache. He had a tattoo on his left neck with cursive letters in a circle and a possible tribal tattoo on his right calf and shin. He was wearing black shorts and a black long-sleeved T-shirt.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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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