Man wanted for questioning in connection with Pahoa robbery

Mason D. Beck

Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Mason D. Beck who is wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery reported to have occurred Wednesday, March 15, in Pahoa.

A 37-year-old man visiting from Germany reported to police that he was operating a local friend’s vehicle when he stopped to pick up a male hitchhiker on the Pahoa-Kalapana Road (Route 130) near Pahoa. After getting into the vehicle, the suspect threatened the victim with a carpenter’s nail gun and instructed him to continue driving.

Approximately 5-6 miles past Pahoa Village, the suspect ordered the victim to pull to the side of the road at which time he ordered the victim out of the car. The suspect left with the vehicle and was last seen headed in the Kalapana direction.

Beck is known to frequent Pahoa town and the Kalapana Black Sands subdivision, though he is not known to have a permanent residence. He is described as 5-foot-11, 225 lbs. with a medium build, with blonde hair, blue eyes, a short beard and a scar on the left side of his face.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section have been assigned to continue this investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident or knows the whereabouts of Beck to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at (808) 961-2379 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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