Big Island Police Investigating Attempted Robbery of Subway Restaurant in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted robbery Tuesday afternoon (November 5) at a fast-food restaurant in Hilo.

Big Island Police are investigating an attempted burglary at this Subway in Hilo.

Big Island Police are investigating an attempted burglary at this Subway in Hilo.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, a man entered the Subway restaurant on Lanikaula Street just mauka of Kīlauea Avenue. He claimed he had a gun and demanded cash. After the female victim refused to give him money, the suspect fled on foot up Lanikaula Street. He may have gotten into a black Toyota four-door sedan on Kapiʻolani Street just off Lanikaula Street.

The suspect is described as Asian, 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-4, about 140 pounds with brown eyes. His hair color was obscured by a gray hooded sweatshirt and a hat. He was also wearing dark shorts, a black-and-white flannel shirt and dark rubber shoes.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 961-2252 or gesteban@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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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