HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police are searching for a suspect who got away after attempting to rob a convenience store employee in Hilo early Tuesday.
Police said the masked male suspect – described as in his late teens or early 20s – accosted the 53-year-old employee of Minit Stop near Leilani Street and Kanoelehua Avenue and allegedly demanded money before forcing her into her vehicle. The suspect then entered the vehicle and forced her to drive from the store after taking out an edged weapon, police said. The victim drove a short distance but was able to get the attention of nearby residents.
The suspect exited the vehicle and was seen fleeing north on foot on Kalanikoa Street.
The victim was not injured, according to police.
Police have classified this investigation as attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and kidnapping.
The suspect is described as a local male, approximately 5'6", about 150 pounds. He has dark, shoulder-length hair. He was last seen wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt and long shorts.
Anyone with tips should call (808) 961-2385 or CrimeStoppers at (808) 961-8300.