Teens throw rocks at home of business owner who raised alarms about shoplifting

Teens throw rocks at home of business owner who raised alarms about shoplifting

KAPAHULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A week ago, it was shoplifters who hit the Glam Rok convenience store on Kapahulu Avenue. But now the store's owner believes crime may be hitting a little too close to home.

Jacqueline Okamura was awakened by her father at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"I was in bed and I hear my dad screaming, 'They threw rocks at us, they threw rocks at us!'," she said.

"And then I quickly ran outside and there's rocks all over the ground, and he said, 'I was pushing the baby in front of the house, and ..." Okamura pauses.

"My 1-year-old daughter," she said.

According to Okamura, there were six or seven teenage boys involved in the rock-throwing. Her husband was able to chase two of them down. Police did not take them into custody, but are investigating the incident.

The rock-throwing comes just days after four teenage girls were caught on surveillance video, shoplifting items from Okamura's store last Thursday. Three of the girls have since gone back to the store to return or pay for the items and apologize.

Okamura thought her troubles were just about over, but then this happened.

"I don't know if it has anything to do with my theft case, if it's retaliation or if its pure coincidence," she said. But the incident has still made her angry -- and concerned about the safety of her family, especially since one of the rocks was the size of her palm.

"The rock was so large, one of the rocks. I mean, my dad was pushing my one-year-old out there. If one of the rocks hit her in the head, she could have died. She could have died from them throwing rocks at them, you know?"

Anyone with information should call police.

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