Manoa residents on alert after run-ins with suspicious man

All’s quiet on this Friday morning. It’s how most people think of Manoa.

But earlier this month, there was a string of bizarre and threatening events.

On Feb. 7,  a couple was walking their dog when a man jumped out of his car and came charging towards them. The suspect took a swing at the man and ran off. The couple called police.

What’s even more alarming is that it happened in the middle of the day.

“We’ve lived here eight years and I’ve never heard of anything as a resident or a board member. Nothing,” Manoa Neighborhood Board Chair Eric Eads said.

On Wednesday, a UH student was jogging in Manoa Valley when an elderly couple warned her of a suspicious man down the street. They drove her to Manoa Marketplace. The man followed and began pounding on the vehicle.

No one was hurt and the suspect left before police arrived. He’s believed to be in his late 20s, about 5’6″, with a buzzed haircut.

Honolulu police aren’t saying if it’s the same man, but neighbors say everything matches — from the suspect’s description, to the vehicle involved, to his erratic behavior.

The Manoa Neighborhood Security Watch is encouraging residents to get involved.

“Basically Neighborhood Security Watch is just watching out for each other. It’s just being aware. We know what cars go up and down our street, we know who our neighbors are, we know if they work in the day or work in the night,” said Ellen Watson, Manoa Neighborhood Security Watch.

They even have a website with security alerts and other useful information.

“We wanna look after each other in Manoa. We have our nice little community and we don’t want this kind of stuff going on. So we’re going to do everything that we can to facilitate that end,” Watson said.

If you’d like to get involved with the Neighborhood Security Watch, there’s a meeting coming up on Monday at the Manoa District Park with HPD. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose building behind the new gym.

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