Police search for suspect in Palolo supermarket robbery

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are asking the public for help identifying the suspect in an armed robbery in Palolo.

It occurred Thursday, Nov. 9, at around 8:18 p.m., at Rainbow Valley Supermarket on Palolo Avenue.

Police say the suspect walked in, brandished a black handgun, and hit the store’s owner in the face and head.

After the suspect demanded money, the owner opened the cash register, and he took the cash and left.

“As the suspect was trying to flee the store, he jumped into a vehicle that was passing by. The driver of the vehicle stopped the car, exited. There was some type of confrontation, the suspect got spooked, and fled the scene on foot,” said Sgt. Chris Kim of CrimeStoppers.

We’re told the store owner suffered some injuries, but is okay.

The man is described to be 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing a black cap, red bandanna, white T-shirt, shorts, and a black glove on his right hand and a white glove on his left hand.

Police say he may have forgotten to use the bandanna to cover his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or submit a tip online here.

This is the third armed robbery in recent weeks.

Last month, the city’s commercial driver licensing office in Halawa was robbed by two men with machetes.

A similar robbery happened more than a week ago at the McDonald’s restaurant near Aloha Stadium. So far no one’s been arrested.

Do not approach any suspect. All suspects and wanted fugitives should be considered armed and dangerous.

All calls are confidential and anonymous.

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