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Teens robbed at gunpoint on Tantalus

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police are searching for four suspects who held up a group of teenagers at a Tantalus lookout overnight.

One of the victims said he thought he was going to die.

Hawaii News Now is protecting that victim’s identity because the suspects are still on the run. But he hopes talking publicly about the harrowing incident will get the community's help in tracking down the criminals.

"I just told him I didn't want to die tonight….I don't know what you want, but I'll listen to you guys, I just really don't want to die tonight, please don't shoot me. I was just begging for my life the whole time I was on my knees," the 19-year-old victim recalled.

He said he and about a dozen of his friends were at Tantalus after midnight Sunday admiring the view when a white Honda Civic pulled up and blocked them in.

"They hop out of the car and he asks us for 15 dollars. We was like, 'oh we don't have any money on us, sorry sir.’ He was like, 'Do you guys know who I am? I'm Watson. I'm 22 years old. I just got out of jail of five years,’" the victim said.

But when the teens still refused to give up the money, the victim said "Watson" got mad and pulled out a gun.

"And he grabs me from my collar and pulls me out of the car and says, 'Ok I going shoot you right now, get on your knees, I going shoot you!'  And I was like, 'No I don't die sir.' Begging for my life for like a good ten minutes while I was on my knees on the ground. He was like, 'I going shoot you right now.' He pulls it up to my head and clocks it and I was like, 'Dude please don't, I don't wanna die tonight, please just let me go,'" he said.

The victim said for whatever reason, as he frantically begged and cried for his life to be spared, the gunman had a change of heart and demanded everyone’s cash, watches, cell phones and a black moped instead.

Although the group of men got away, the victim said he was able to pass along very valuable information to police.

"He was saying his name was Watson, he's from Papakolea. He's 22 years old. He just got out of jail from a five-year sentence. He runs these streets. No one should be up here because this is his spot," said the victim.

He said police told him this is part of the reason why parking is not allowed on Tantalus after 11:00 p.m.

The victim wants to remind people to always be aware of your surroundings, take notice of license plate numbers and physical features of suspicious people, and to always follow your gut feeling, and to call police if you know who these men are.

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