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Police seek armed suspect in robbery attempt

Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred Wednesday morning in Keaau and is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect whose image was captured on video surveillance.

At 6:40 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to Calavo Growers at the corner of Milo Street and Railroad Avenue in Keaau after an employee reported hearing a loud noise from another portion of the building. The employee confronted an armed man who was rummaging through the office. The suspect ran out from the building and was last seen fleeing into the nearby brush, police said.

Officers were unable to locate the suspect, who remains at large.

The suspect is described as a local man in his mid to late 30s, between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10-inches tall, 200-210 pounds with a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and dark pants and was carrying a camouflage backpack.

The incident is being investigated as a second-degree burglary, first-degree attempted robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police nonemergency number at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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