Police ask for help in armed robbery case in Waipio Valley

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Hawaii Island police are investigating an armed robbery in late May in the Hamakua area.

It occurred on May 25 at around 3:30 p.m. in Waipio Valley.

Police say a 54-year-old Florida man was walking up Waipio Valley Road when a dark Jeep Wrangler drove past him and stopped approximately 50 yards away.

The suspect reportedly exited the vehicle, approached the victim, pointed a shotgun at him and demanded his backpack.

The victim refused to give the man his backpack and instead handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a local male, approximately 5-foot-7, 190 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing multi-colored shorts.

He was last seen getting back into the Jeep and leaving the area in the mauka direction.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident or anyone who may know the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Dean Uyetake by phone at 961-2379 or by email.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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