Honolulu Police reported multiple robberies across O'ahu over the weekend. There's no isolated area and no noticeable link between the robberies, but most of the suspects involved in these recent rash of robberies got away.
On Saturday night at 6 p.m, CrimeStoppers say a suspect entered a woman's Kaneohe apartment, robbed and assaulted her. The alleged suspect in this case is a female possibly in her 20s to 30s, about 5'2' 'to 5' 6'' in height, 140 to 160 pounds, with brown hair, last seen wearing a black top and blue jeans. The female suspect was one of many who stole by force over the weekend, and is still on the loose.
Another incident highlighted from this weekend, included a robbery in the Waipahu area. HPD says the robbery happened on Sunday around 2:30 a.m. In that specific case, multiple suspects unlawfully entered a home. According to police, all six suspects (4 males, 2 females) brandished a "dangerous instrument," while demanding items from the victim. All suspects fled before police arrived.
At least five other reported robberies happened over the weekend in the following areas: Kapolei, Mililani, Honolulu, Waikiki and Ala Moana.
HPD reminds the public to always report an incident as soon as it happens so that the information is fresh. Police say an important safety tip for both individuals and businesses is to comply with the suspect’s demands for property, rather than than to try to fight back or refuse to cooperate. Self defense expert and former MMA Fighter Enson Inoue agrees.
"I would comply until I could find that room to run.. where I can get to a place where there are a lot of people, or get away completely," Inoue said.
Inoue and police both say it's also important to be a "good witness," which means to take notice of any distinguishing features and basics of the suspect(s) like height, weight, age and clothing.
"Pay attention to what is around you, take a good look at the person's face.. I like to think of one good thing to do, is make communication with the person as far as eye contact to talk to them... I feel like it would make it a little harder for the person to do what they want to do," Inoue added.
Although it's better to walk away unharmed than try to fight back, Inoue still recommends people take a self defense class to always be prepared in the event that something does happen.
"In this day and age, you might as well. Better safe than sorry.. and if you never have to use it.. then great," Inoue said.
Police also recommend that victims of a robbery provide photos of their stolen valuables, if available. And if a wallet or handbag was taken with credit cards or checks inside, contact the bank or credit card company immediately. For electronics with the tracking feature, HPD advises you contact police rather than trying to confront the suspect.
Anyone with information regarding any of the robberies that happened over the weekend are asked to call Honolulu Police or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.