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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Bank robber suspect sought by police

Police are seeking a Caucasian man in his late 30s or early 40s in connection with a Fort Street Mall bank robbery yesterday. They believe the same man is responsible for a December bank heist.

CrimeStoppers has issued a call for tips leading to the capture of the man for a robbery at noon Wednesday at the American Savings Bank, Financial Plaza, 915 Fort Street Mall.

He has been described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with a slim build and fair complexion. He has dark hair and a graying mustache and beard, and was wearing dark sunglasses, a light baseball cap, a dark T-shirt and a dark watch on his left hand.

Witnesses told police that the man stood in line at the bank and passed a note to the teller that demanded money and stated that he was armed, although no weapon was seen. He then fled and was last seen walking on the mall.

Armed with surveillance photos, police believe he is the same man who robbed the Central Pacific Bank Kaimuki branch Dec. 13.

Anonymous tips can be phoned in to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, *CRIME on a cellular phone.

'Ewa Beach pedestrian critical after accident

A 65-year-old pedestrian remains in critical condition today at The Queen's Medical Center after being struck by a van at about 6:30 a.m. yesterday in 'Ewa Beach.

The man was in the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Farrington Highway, about a half-mile west of Old Fort Weaver Road, when he stepped into the path of a white 1999 Ford van.

The driver of the van, 29, tried to veer around the man but was unable to avoid the accident, police said.

The man was taken first to St. Francis Medical Center-West and then transferred to Queen's. Police do not consider speed or alcohol factors in the accident.

Missing 16-year-old Puna girl sought

Big Island police are seeking help in the search for a 16-year-old Puna district girl who has been missing from her Kea'au home since Nov. 15.

Dayna Nozaki is described as being of Japanese ancestry, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 125 pounds. She has long brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information may call Officer Peter Kuali'i at (808) 961-2373, or the police non-emergency telephone number, (808) 935-3311.

Anonymous tips can be taken by Crime Stoppers, (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona.

Man arrested after alleged extortion incident

Police arrested a 42-year-old Kaimuki man early Tuesday in connection with an extortion case, in which an acquaintance of the man said he threatened him to force him to sign over ownership of his car.

The victim, 41, said he was confronted by the acquaintance on Friday night. The suspect reportedly told the victim he would hurt him, his girlfriend and their baby unless he signed over the car.

The car was found Monday at the suspect's 12th Avenue residence. Police were called and while they were on the scene, the suspect reappeared and was arrested at 12:15 a.m.Tuesday