Purse snatching victim speaks about riding the hood of suspects' getaway car

Jennifer Killinger
Jennifer Killinger

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Moiliili woman is asking for the public's help in finding three suspects who took her purse last Sunday.

She's pretty sure she can identify them because she held onto the hood of their getaway car as they sped through Waikiki.

The incident happened a little after 8 p.m. Sunday. Jennifer Killinger, 28, had just finished her job as a bartender and was sitting on a bench along the Ala Wai near Paoakalani Avenue when two women approached her.

"They just came up and stood right in my face here and started yelling at me and calling me names and cussing me out and saying all their weird stuff," Killinger said. "And then the girl just started punching me and hitting me on the side of my head. And the other girl, she tried to snatch my purse but I tried to hold on."

The two women managed to take the purse. Killinger chased them down Ala Wai Boulevard.

"They jumped into a car, and I was standing in front of it, and I was like, 'oh my gosh,'" said Killinger. "And they started driving and I just jumped on it. I didn't think, 'oh, I'm going to jump on a car.' I just reacted."

Killinger said the car was a black late model Mercedes Benz, with a hood ornament, driven by a local male. She remembers thinking the worst as they hurtled down the boulevard, with her clinging to the hood.

"All I could see and feel and hear was my head hitting the pavement. And I was terrified. I was hanging on for dear life."

According to Killinger, the car then turned left and went the wrong way down Kaiulani Avenue, which runs one way mauka toward Ala Wai.

"They pulled about halfway into this driveway, and the girls got out first and tried to get me off" the hood, she said. "And when they couldn't, then the guy got out and threw me into the oil" in the driveway.

She landed right in front of the car's license plate. "The license plate number is GYT 791," she recalled, adding that the registration came back to a Maui address. The car then sped off.

The purse contained about $200 in cash and $300 in valuables, along with her credit cards, her bartender's license and her ID cards. "I'm waiting to see if they can find them on the surveillance photos -- the surveillance footage from the gas stations where they used my bank cards," Killinger said. One of the cards was used at a gas station in Makakilo.

She doesn't know why she jumped on the car's hood as it sped away.

"I have no idea, because thinking about it, it's like, no, that's not smart. But I wasn't thinking," she said.

Police are investigating the incident as an attempted murder and robbery. Killinger described one female suspect as being five feet six inches tall, weighing 130 to 150 pounds, with both cheeks pierced. The second female was five feet eight, about 170 pounds with a larger build. The man driving the car was described as about five feet ten. All were said to be in their 20s.

"I want these people to be caught. I want them to be charged. I want them to go to jail," Killinger said.

"You know, I'm really mad."

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