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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:09 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Holdups raise O'ahu total to 16 this month

By Rod Ohira
and Scott Ishikawa
Advertiser Staff Writers

Two men armed with handguns committed separate robberies yesterday in Waikiki and Wai'anae, raising the total for the month on O'ahu to 16.

December is normally a high month for bank robberies, but this year small businesses have been the targets of robbers.

"We're looking at several suspects," said Maj. Darryl Perry of the Honolulu Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, who declined to talk about specifics.

Yesterday's robberies are typical of what has been occurring.

Euro Hut on Ka'iulani Avenue in Waikiki was held up at 5:32 p.m. A 76-year-old sales clerk was helping a customer, who was purchasing sunglasses, when the man pulled out a handgun and demanded cash from the register.

Aloha Island Mini Mart at 94-767 Farrington Highway was robbed by a lone gunman at 8:45 p.m.

O'ahu averaged eight robberies a month involving firearms last year, according to 2001 crime statistics. Handguns have been used in 12 robberies in 10 days this month.

Calling the current string of robberies "an anomaly," Perry said, "We want to get control of the situation before someone does get hurt."

December armed robberies

• Dec. 1 Marujyu Market (Waimalu), 98-020 Kamehameha Highway, male suspect, handgun.

• Dec. 2 Apartment, 1800 Kapi'olani Blvd., male suspect, hatchet.

• Dec. 2 Times Super Market, 590 Kailua Road, two men in ski masks, handgun.

• Dec. 2 Jack in the Box (Mililani), 95-221 Kipapa Drive, three male suspects, brass knuckles and baseball bat.

• Dec. 3 Pearl City Chevron Service, 777 Kamehameha Highway, male suspect, handgun.

• Dec. 4 Motorist (Waikiki), Kahakai Drive, three male suspects, handgun.

• Dec. 4 Person using ATM machine, 1580 Kapi'olani Blvd., male and female suspects, knife.

• Dec. 4 Baskin-Robbins, Waipahu Town Center, male suspect, handgun.

• Dec. 5 Bus stop, North King Street near Pua Lane, male suspect, handgun.

• Dec. 5 The Video Warehouse, 98-019 Kamehameha Highway, two male suspects, handgun.

• Dec. 6 Jewelry store, Ke'eaumoku and Makaloa streets, male and female suspects, handgun.

• Dec. 6 Residence (Kalihi), Alani Street, male suspect, handgun, shot fired (victim suffered graze wound).

• Dec. 8 Domino's Pizza ('Ewa), 91-775 Papipi Road, male suspect, handgun.

• Dec. 8 Apartment, 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., male suspect, physical assault.

• Dec. 9 Euro Hut, Ka'iulani Avenue, male suspect, handgun.

• Dec. 9 Aloha Island Mini Mart, 94-767 Farrington Highway, male suspect, handgun.