Wahiawa residents worried about safety after home invasion

Lita Romualdo
Lita Romualdo
Gloria Cota
Gloria Cota

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - Some Wahiawa residents are on edge after a violent home invasion in their community. Police are still searching for suspects.

People who live on Kilea Place describe their neighborhood as relatively peaceful. That is until armed men reportedly forced their way into a home just before midnight.

Lita Romualdo tries to keep busy. She hasn't been able to sleep since four men, armed with guns and a sword, reportedly stormed her neighbor's house Sunday night.

"I'm worried to my safety. What if they shoot somebody?" she said. "Now it's not safe anymore."

"It was a shock because nothing like that happens up here," Gloria Cota, neighbor, said. "It's so quiet up here."

A 27-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman told police the intruders tied them up, searched the home and took several items, including a flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 3, two cell phones, a wallet and a jar of marijuana.

"My neighbor, she said one of the guy run there in their yard and he said, 'Call the police. We are, we are being robbed,'" Romualdo said.

"A little while before, we saw a couple of guys going by with ski masks on motorcycles," Cota said. "So after we found out what happened, we were wondering. I wonder if that had something to do with it. They were scoping out the place or something."

Investigators say the male victim suffered a cut when he was punched in the eye. The suspects fled in the female victim's SUV.

"It had to go really slow going past our house because we were having a party and there were so many cars parked here," Cota said. "So as it passed our house, it just really just zoomed out of here."

Residents of this tight-knit community say they actually don't know much about the people who live on the property.

"We asked the family if everything was okay and they seemed really upset," Cota said. "But, you know, they said everything was fine."

Investigators say the stolen SUV was found hours later, abandoned on Mililani Memorial Park Road.

If you have any information about this case, call Honolulu police.