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Posted at 12:01 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Car crash starts fire next to H-2

Firefighters were battling a brush fire today off the H-2 Freeway near the Ka Uka overpass that was started by a single-car crash about 11:15 a.m.

According to police, the car went off the roadway and caught fire after the crash. There were no reports of serious injuries.

Robbery note leads to arrest

Bank robbery arrests don't come any easier than the one Honolulu police made yesterday in Mo'ili'ili.

Instead of approaching a teller at First Hawaiian Bank's University branch at 2411 S. King St., a man handed a customer service officer a note demanding money. He then permitted the bank employee to get the money. The employee, however, called police, who arrested the man without incident on suspicion of bank robbery.

The incident was reported at 2:15 p.m.

Driver stabbed, backpack stolen

A 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg yesterday by a man who broke into the car she was riding in while it was stopped at a traffic light at 5 p.m. on Wilder Avenue in Makiki.

The man entered the car through an unlocked passenger-side door and stabbed the woman with scissors before fleeing with her backpack. The suspect is still at large.

The stab wound was not serious, police said.

Makaha beating victim improving

The condition of a 53-year-old man beaten at Makaha Surfing Beach early yesterday morning improved today to "critical but stable" condition at The Queen's Medical Center, police said.

The man has a fractured skull and internal injuries. Before the beating he was seen socializing with two men about 12:30 a.m. near the bus stop at the surfing site on Farrington Highway. The two men fled in a Nissan pickup truck.