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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, March 1, 2002

Police Beat

Man, 25, killed in Kane'ohe crash

One man was killed and three people were hospitalized yesterday after a speeding car ran a red light, causing a three-vehicle accident in Kane'ohe, police said.

Police said they think alcohol was also a factor. They say a Honda Civic sped through a red light at the junction of Kahekili and Likelike highways about 12:35 a.m.

The Civic struck a black Honda multipurpose vehicle, causing it to hit a maroon van stopped at a red light in the Kahuku-bound lanes of the ramp onto Kahekili.

A front-seat passenger of the Civic was killed. The medical examiner's office yesterday had not confirmed the identity of the 25-year-old who died. Police said there were three male occupants in the Civic.

The driver of the multipurpose vehicle, a 36-year-old woman, and the two survivors from the Civic were taken to The Queen's Medical Center. The woman was listed in fair condition last night. A hospital spokesman said a 24-year-old man was in fair condition and a 31-year-old man was listed in guarded condition.

The occupants of the van were uninjured, police said.

Cashier, robber knew each other

It's all about who you know, and in this case, the cashier knew the robber who walked in the door.

"They shook hands; it's all on the security camera," said George Williamson, the operator of the Pearl City Shell gas station and convenience store hit by the robber early Feb. 13.

Also on the videotape: the 32-year-old Kapolei man telling his acquaintance, the cashier, that he was armed and to open the register. The cashier refused, Williamson said.

So the suspect then took soda, cigarettes and other small items and left, he said.

But Wednesday night he came back, this time with a girlfriend, Williamson added. The cashier spotted him and called police while the man was pumping gas; patrol officers arrested him at about 11:30 p.m.

Bank robber on the loose

Authorities were searching for a man who robbed the Makiki branch of First Hawaiian Bank on Wednesday morning.

Police said the man walked into the bank at 1111 Beretania St. at 10 a.m., stood in line and passed a demand note to the teller saying that he was armed. No weapon was seen. The man was last seen walking toward the Safeway supermarket.

Police described the man as about 25 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with a muscular build. He had sandy blond hair, blue-green eyes and a medium complexion.

Anyone who has information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.