Police Release Suspect Sketch in Cabbie Attack

KALIHI (KHNL) - Police investigators believe Tuesday's robbery in the Bank of Hawaii parking lot on Dillingham Boulevard and Friday night's shooting at Pearlridge are unrelated. That means police are looking for two men who targeted taxi drivers.

The victim in Tuesday's case is already working with police in hopes of catching his attacker.

The 37-year-old taxi driver went to the main police station Wednesday morning, and worked with an artist on a sketch of the suspect.

Investigators say the victim picked up his passenger near the intersection of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard. The man asked the driver to take him to Kalihi.

The taxi driver told detectives he pulled into the Bank of Hawaii parking lot, and then felt a knife against his ribs. Police say the suspect took money from the victim, and then ordered him to start driving again.

The taxi driver's ordeal finally ended about a block away, when the passenger jumped out of the car and ran.

"In this case, I believe that he actually went after the suspect with his vehicle," Sgt. Kim Capllonch, Crimestoppers, said.

Still, his attacker got away.

So did the suspect in the Pearlridge case. Police say cab driver Yukyu Kim was shot in the neck by his passenger near an ATM Friday night. The 52-year-old remains in the hospital. The gunman is on the loose.

"We have not had any other witnesses that have come forward that have been able to readily identify the suspect," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Earlier, there was speculation that Kim was shot with his own gun because police found one on him at the scene. But investigators believe it was the passenger who was armed.

"We believe that the suspect brandished the handgun that was used in the robbery, and shot the victim," Fujii said. "The victim was then able to wrestle the handgun away from the suspect."

Police say the 25-caliber, semi-automatic handgun is registered to a person who's dead. Investigators say they're following up on every lead.

As for Tuesday's holdup, the suspect is believed to be in his early to mid 20s. He's about 5'8" and weighs 160 to 180 pounds. He had black, short, wavy hair, and was armed with a switchblade-type knife. Police say the driver in this case had just minor scratches on his hand.

If you have any information on either case, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.