Masked men get away with $1 after robbing teen at gunpoint

Masked men get away with $1 after robbing teen at gunpoint

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kapolei parents and teens are being asked to be vigilant after two men in ski masks robbed a 15-year-old at gunpoint while he was walking home from school.

The boy's mother said on social media that the suspects got away with just $1.

In a letter home to parents, Kapolei High Principal Wesley Shinkawa said the teen was walking on Puainako Street near Kapolei Parkway about 5:45 p.m. when two men wearing ski masks drove up in a black Toyota Camry.

CrimeStoppers Hawaii said the front seat passenger grabbed the boy, threatened him at gunpoint and demanded his money.

A bystander intervened and the suspects ran.

The passenger is being described as about 6-foot-6, with a muscular build. He was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, surf shorts and had a tribal tattoo on his leg.

The vehicle had silver rims, black tint, and a "W" sticker on the center of the rear window.

"The safety of your children is of utmost importance to us," Shinkawa said, in the letter to parents.

He added that parents should reinforce "stranger danger" precautions with their kids:

  • Stay away from strangers.
  • Don't go anywhere with someone you don't know.
  • Stay more than an arm's reach from strangers.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do whatever you can to stop the stranger and yell for help.
  • Report any suspicious activity to a trusted adult.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

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