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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, January 26, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Man hit by trolley in Waikiki dies

An 88-year-old man struck Thursday night by a Waikiki trolley died just after midnight yesterday at The Queen's Medical Center.

The city medical examiner's office has identified the victim as William F. Lee.

Police are seeking witnesses who saw the accident, which occurred about 7:10 p.m. at Hobron Lane and Ala Moana Boulevard.

According to police reports, the trolley driver, a 33-year-old Honolulu man, was waiting to make a right turn onto Ala Moana while pedestrians crossed. The trolley began its turn after that group passed and its left side struck Lee.

Police ask that witnesses call Sgt. William Baldwin at 529-3136 or Officer Ray Lurbe at 529-3499.

Police looking for suspects in robbery

Honolulu police yesterday were searching for a woman and a man who robbed a 66-year-old female tourist from New York on Wednesday at Kualoa Regional Park.

According to police, the robbery occurred at 12:15 p.m. as the tourist and her 38-year-old daughter stopped to photograph Chinaman's Hat.

After the mother walked into the restroom, a large man came from behind, grabbed her purse, and threw her to the ground. The man ran toward the parking lot where a car, driven by a woman, waited in the handicapped parking stall with the engine running.

The daughter ran after the car and grabbed the back windshield wiper, damaging it, before the car drove off.

The man was described as in his 30s, 6 foot 3 inches tall, 300 pounds with a muscular build. He had black hair and a mustache. He wore a black tank top, blue shorts and slippers.

The getaway driver was described as in her 30s, with a thin build and brown complexion. She wore a baseball cap and long-sleeved dress shirt.

The car was described as a white, rusty, older model, two-door hatchback.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on cell phones.

Hospital escapee caught in bank

One day after receiving an accreditation report praising the Hawai'i State Hospital for improved security, hospital personnel on Thursday had to hunt around Kane'ohe before locating an escapee in an area bank.

Police said a 25-year-old man being held at the hospital on criminal charges was taken yesterday morning to an unsecured part of the facility, from which he escaped. He was found at about 9:30 a.m.

Suspect turns 18, to be tried as adult

An 'Ewa Beach man arrested as a juvenile in a Nov. 24 Kalihi robbery has turned 18, and his case was waived Thursday by the Family Court for his prosecution as an adult.

The man, who was released pending further investigation, was arrested with a 19-year-old man.

They are suspected of accosting a 27-year-old man in the bathroom of Shark's Amusement, a pool hall on North Nimitz Highway, and taking his money.