Three seniors were robbed at gunpoint at a popular tourist spot in Wahiawa not typically known for crimes. The suspects are still on the loose.
It happened Monday afternoon at the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, which is a popular destination for visitors, but is in a secluded area.
Visitors have to park just off of Kamehameha Highway and walk a couple hundred yards just to get to the stones.
Bernardo Adres, 71, was playing tour guide when he visited the site with his cousin and brother-in-law, who are also in their 70s and visiting from the mainland.
On their way back to their car, two men came out of the high grass armed with guns. They took their cash and belongings.
“They fired the pistol, according to my brother-in-law, they fired the pistol into the ground,” Adres said. “I didn’t see that, but I heard (the noise).”
Adres says the suspects were covered in dark attire from head to toe and were wearing sunglasses. They got away.
Despite this traumatic experience, Adres has a positive message for the guys responsible. “The only words I can tell is, ‘I forgive them.’ Since the day of the incident, I forgive them,” he said.
Mixed martial artist and trainer Egan Inoue says Adres and his family did the right thing by giving up their stuff.
“You can always get belongings back, but you can’t get back your life,” Inoue said. “If you’re elderly, even more so, just give it to them, because as an elder person, if you fall, the injuries can be even worse and the recovery time even longer.”
Inoue also advises people to be aware of their surroundings, travel in large groups and get a description of the suspects. Any little detail like tattoos and hair color can be helpful.
Honolulu police add that it’s also a good idea to report the incident as soon as possible, so the information is still fresh.
HPD has opened a first-degree robbery and reckless endangering case. If you have any information about this incident, call police.