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Victim of Palolo home invasion robbery talks about ordeal

Andrew Karger Andrew Karger
Det. Tasman McKee Det. Tasman McKee

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

PALOLO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two men are under arrest and two others are still being sought following a Palolo home invasion in which, investigators say, the victims were tied up, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint.

After responding to the 911 call, police launched a manhunt for the suspects. They say Jordan Artuyo, 18, and Justin Lono, 28, were hiding on the hillside near the victims' home.

In an exclusive interview with Hawaii News Now, one of the victims said the armed intruders, who were wearing dark clothing and bandannas over their faces, jumped him while he was sleeping at about 3:45 AM.

"I woke up to five guys on top of me wrestling me down," Andrew Karger, home invasion victim, said. "Naturally, I thought it was my friends messing with me, so I started fighting back and wrestling. That went on for a good five minutes. Then they put the gun to my face and the knife to my throat."

Investigators say Karger and six others were inside the 10th Avenue home, when four masked men -- armed with shotguns, a handgun and two knives -- stormed in, tied the victims up, and demanded drugs and cash.

"Two of the victims were struck on the head with the guns," Det. Tasman McKee, Honolulu Police Department, said. "One suffered a laceration on the top of his head. One suffered a contusion on his forehead. Two more victims were poked with knives."

Karger says he was stabbed when he tried to break free.

"He bring me in and he stabbed me twice, once right here and once right there," he said.

Investigators say the robbers fled with cell phones, a laptop computer and money.

"The officers set up a perimeter and called in a helicopter," McKee said. "The police helicopter came in, and one suspect walked out of the hillside and turned himself in."

Officers with HPD's Specialized Services Division combed the hillside and located a second suspect hours later. The men face possible charges of burglary, kidnapping and robbery.

Karger, who described himself as a college student from California, says he really wasn't thinking his life was in danger.

"I have had guns stuck to my face before," he said. "I don't think about it. If it happened, it happened, but I'm not thinking about dying."

Police say the victims range in age from 17 to 23, and include a female.

The suspects who are still at large are considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information about this case, call police.

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