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Another armed robbery with masked suspects has shop owners on edge

Ayoung Shin Ayoung Shin
Sgt. Kim Buffet Sgt. Kim Buffet

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAIPAHU (KHNL) - More and more Oahu residents and shop owners are on edge, as a string of armed robberies involving masked suspects continues.

Ayoung Shin is still shaken up. She was behind the cash register at a Waipahu convenience store, when three robbers -- two of them with shirts covering their faces -- stormed in.

The Shin family has owned the Hilltop Market in Waipahu for just four months. Thursday night, 24-year-old daughter Ayoung had a terrifying experience.

"I was working at the store and then this, well, this three guy came in," she said. "The first guy came in. He had sunglasses on. And then two guy came in with like, they got the T-shirt over their face."

One of the suspects had a baseball bat and assaulted her co-worker.

"Brian got knocked out 'cause they hit him with the bat," Shin said. "And then, yeah, so I was like oh my God."

The victim received a cut that required stitches near his eye.

"It was so scary," Shin said. "I don't know. I was kind of panicking."

Shin says the robbers then turned their attention to her.

"The guy saw me and then he came to me and then he said, oh yeah, open the register," she said. "So I open the register and then, yeah, he said give me the money."

She says the suspects took off with cash, beer and cigarettes.

Police say they are concerned about these brazen crimes.

"In light of everything, and this is just my opinion that, you know, copycats are out there thinking that they're not going to be identified," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said.

Buffett says you should be aware of your surroundings, lock your doors when you're at home, and never resist when confronted by thieves.

"They're there for a reason," she said. "And, of course, there's violence involved. Give them what they want. Don't argue. Don't try to fight."

Investigators say the getaway car may have been a white, two-door Pontiac. If you have information about this case, call Honolulu police.

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