Police concerned about recent rash of gunpoint robberies

Photo courtesy Crimestoppers.
Photo courtesy Crimestoppers.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are concerned about a recent rash of gunpoint robberies on Oahu.

A surveillance camera captured the terrifying moments last Thursday, when a gunman held up the owner of a popular eatery in Salt Lake. It happened at Soon's Kal Bi Drive In, as the owner was closing up for the night.

On Christmas, two men robbed the owner of Hanarum Market near Waikiki at gunpoint. Police say the suspects fled in a stolen car.

The following day, a man pointed a gun at a cashier at Maunakea Store in Chinatown and demanded money.

Police are still looking for suspects in the three armed robberies.

A relative of the victim in the Soon's stick-up hopes the public can help crack the case.

"I guess they're just so desperate that they have to do something like that, but it's not the right thing to do," Lois Nakashima, robbery victim's cousin, said. "Hopefully, he gets caught just so that he doesn't do it again to somebody else."

Investigators say the cases appear to be unrelated.

If you have any information that could help, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

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