MILILANI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police on Thursday released dramatic surveillance video of a brazen, midday robbery at a jewelry store in Mililani. They're asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.
The victim, Michael Le, has owned the business for 17 years. He told Hawaii News Now that he may have been able to fight a smaller robber, but this guy was huge.
A shaken Le pulled himself together and returned to work, one day after a harrowing experience in which a robber pulled out a gun and chased him around his jewelry store.
"Right here, the guy, he tell me, 'Stop, stop, stop,' but I still run, yeah," the robbery victim said. "But the guy, he follow me right here. Yeah, he follow me."
The brazen heist at Gold Club and Gifts happened at about 11 AM Wednesday.
Le says the man -- described as 6'2" to 6'4" tall and weighing about 260 to 270 lbs -- first walked in and asked to see a diamond wedding set.
"The guy asked if he had a bigger one, but my dad said he only had what he had," Vincent Le, victim's son, said. "Then the guy pointed a gun and told him to give all the jewelry."
Le ran with the gunman on his heels. Both then crashed onto a glass showcase.
"When my dad hopped this, the guy caught his collar and tried to pull him back in," Vincent Le said. "But my dad got loose and this whole thing fell."
The armed robber pistol-whipped his victim before fleeing the Town Center of Mililani empty-handed.
"He hit me on my head, yeah," Michael Le said.
"How's your head?" this reporter asked.
"Ok, now," the victim replied.
"Nowadays, with technology, the videos are getting better," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said. "We've solved many cases from people just recognizing the person on the video. So we're hoping in this case, he's either a resident of the area or somebody knows him."
Vincent Le says he went through a range of emotions when he heard about his father's ordeal.
"Mad," the 17-year-old said. "Sad, too"
Le says there was also a robbery at his store last year.
If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.