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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:39 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Help requested in bank heist

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man who robbed a Bank of Hawaii branch at 1010 University Ave. at 2:30 p.m. yesterday. The man passed a demand note to a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was seen, police said.

A surveillance camera at Bank of Hawaii's University Avenue branch recorded this image of a suspect in yesterday's bank robbery.

Crimestoppers photo • Honolulu Police Department

The suspect is between 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has a goatee. He was wearing a beaded bracelet on his left hand.

Anyone with information can call Detective Michael Ogawa at 529-3357 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 and *CRIME on cellular.

3 masked men rob home, flee

Three masked men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash from a home-invasion robbery today in Mililani.

A 21-year-old man told police he was awakened at about 2:15 a.m. today by two men who broke into his Waikakalani Drive apartment. He said the men's faces were covered by bandannas and that one suspect was carrying two knives and the other a claw hammer and screwdriver, police said.

The men forced the victim to go outside to his parked car where a third masked man, who had a handgun, was waiting. The men took cash from the victim's wallet, which was inside his car, and fled on foot.

The suspects are still at large.

Two arrested in counterfeit cases

Police arrested two people on successive days in Chinatown for allegedly passing counterfeit U.S. currency but the Secret Service office in Hawai'i said the cases do not appear to be connected.

"We see nothing significant going on with counterfeit currency," said Albert Joaquin, special agent in charge of the local Secret Service office. Joaquin added that an average of $3,000 worth of counterfeit bills are recovered monthly and there has not be a noteworthy increase.

Joaquin noted that the two Chinatown cases appear to be isolated incidents involving computer-generated counterfeits. Printed counterfeits are of greater concern to federal authorities.

The two Chinatown cases involve the passing of $20 and $50 bills. A 30-year-old woman arrested Tuesday for using the $20 fake to pay for goods had apparently acquired the bill as payment from an unknown customer, police said.

A man, 61, was arrested for using a counterfeit $50 to pay a food bill last night.

Weather causes hazards, no serious accidents

Runoff onto roadways from heavy rainfall today in Central O'ahu created hazardous driving conditions but police reported no serious traffic accidents. The National Weather Service expected the showers to pass by early afternoon.

The O'ahu forecast is for cloudy skies with some showers through Sunday, lead forecaster Timg Craig said. The line of showers that passed from ‘Ewa Beach to Pearl Harbor through downtown to east Honolulu is being pushed toward Maui by a cold front, added Craig.

The shower line is expected back on O‘ahu early next week.

Water flowing onto the highway made for slow driving through Pearl City. The far right eastbound lane on the H-1 Freeway between Ka'ahumanu and Ka'onohi streets had to be closed to traffic because of water spilling onto the roadway, police said.