‘God saved me’: 69-year-old recounts violent carjacking

Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 5:41 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police say three violent carjackings on Oahu over the weekend could be connected, including one in Hawaii Kai that left a 69-year-old beaten and thankful to be alive.

Teodoro Agcaoili said less than a minute after he’d parked near Hawaii Loa Street around 4 p.m. Sunday, he found himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Agcaoili was picking up his wife from her job as a caregiver in the area when the incident happened. He said two masked men, both armed, approached his vehicle after boxing him in so he couldn’t drive off.

“All of a sudden they hit me while I was still in the car," he said.

At his Waipahu home on Monday, Agcaoili was still shaken and recovering from the beating.

“I feel lucky. I really feel lucky. God saved me," he said.

He said the gunmen didn’t say much to him, only tell him to “get out."

Agcaoili said he wasn’t sure if they were going to let him live.

“I don’t know. Maybe they’re going to kill me. That’s what I was thinking,” he said.

Residents in the area were in disbelief to find out what happened.

“It seems really random to me,” said resident John Morgan. “I don’t know. I don’t know how to react.”

Honolulu police are trying to determine if the carjacking was connected to two others Sunday, all of which occurred within a few hours of each other.

Sources said the first one happened around noon Sunday on Lusitana Street. Then, an hour after Agcaoili was carjacked, another carjacking was called in from the 7-11 on Kalihi Street near Nimitz Highway.

Agcaoili said during the robbery the suspects also ripped off his watch and chain before driving off in his silver Toyota 4Runner.

“I was shouting for anybody to help. Nobody,” said Agcaoili.

He finally managed to run to the home where his wife was working and get someone to call 911.

“I hope they catch them,” he said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police.

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