Suspect in armed robbery of Ace Korean Bar-B-Q Market
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Honolulu police are investigating four armed robberies that occurred across Oahu in less than 14 hours.
Police have arrested Jeff Sila, Folauga Agatonu, Tamatoa Silva, Kilipo Taesali Jr. and William Tolai for robbery in the first degree.
Some of the suspects are still on the loose.
A couple of the crimes took place inside businesses and the two others were in parking lots.
The cases occurred in Pearl City, Moanalua, Kalihi and Kaneohe.
All four victims are too frightened to talk about what happened on camera, but they explained off camera in hopes the community can help catch the criminals.
Video outside the Kalihi convenience store shows a masked man run in around 7:30 p.m. Friday. He is completely covered head to toe as he walks into Ace Korean Bar-B-Q Market on North School Street. Surveillance shows him pull out a handgun and point it at the 64-year-old woman behind the counter.
The woman said he couldn't get around the counter so he jumped up onto it and demanded money. She said he forced her to open the cash register drawer, and once he got what he wanted, he jumped back down and walked out the store. She said he took off with about $300.
About two hours later around 9:45 p.m., sources say four men walked into a Moon Hwa Market Video in Pearl City. They say two of the men were armed with handguns. The men pointed it at the customers and employees and took off with a woman’s purse. Sources say five men were arrested in connection with the crime around 11:00 p.m.
Then around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police sources say two men were in a parked car in the Haleiwa Joe’s parking lot when a group of males approached them. The 30-year-old victim said one of the five men had a silver revolver, pointed it at his face and demanded drugs. When the victim said he didn't have any drugs, he said the men went through his car and stole his backpack, wallet, cell phone, and some clothing items.
Eric Jones is a frequent Haleiwa Joe’s customer. He said he was shocked to hear about what happened.
"It's pretty safe, but I wouldn't be over here like 12 o’clock hanging out or anything. It's dark, there's no chain or gate, so anybody can come in here when it's dark. So I would say it's not really a safe place at night," Jones said.
Then around 9:00 a.m. Saturday, a photographer said he was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Moanalua Gardens. The victim said one of the men had a silver handgun and demanded his camera bag. The victim said the equipment they stole was worth at least $10,000.