Prank call sends panic through Waikiki restaurant

Photo courtesy Robert Ovadia

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It was a scary night for customers in a Waikiki restaurant when they were told to get down on the floor because someone in the restaurant was armed and dangerous.

It happened at the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant, which is located in a busy area of Kalakaua Avenue.

At about 7:15 p.m., the restaurant got a call from a person who claimed to be from the Honolulu Police Department. The caller told the manager that someone in the restaurant was armed and dangerous.

As a precaution, the restaurant manager told everyone to duck for cover.

“The waiter was taking our order and we heard someone, everybody on the phone. And it took twice for her to say it before it registered, and everybody just went down on the floor,” said customer Kathryn Jupp.

“”And I’m shaken up now and the outrageous symbolism of lying on top of my son and my young daughter, feeling that it could be real,” said customer Robert Ovadia.

About 10 HPD officers showed up with guns drawn, but they did not find anyone in the restaurant who was armed and dangerous.

A police officer at the scene told KHON2 that the call to the restaurant that started it all was likely a prank call.

It was anything but funny for those inside the restaurant.

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