Police / Fire


POSTED: Saturday, December 05, 2009

Robbery is cited in safety warning

Honolulu police are warning the public to be alert and park in well-lit areas after a gunman attempted to rob two women Sunday in parking lots in Aiea and Pearl City.

Police said the suspect, armed with a black handgun, got into the back seat behind the women in the driver's seat after they got into their cars.

The suspect is described as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 150 to 170 pounds, and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect robbed one woman and threatened the other, police said.

Police Maj. Clayton Kau advises people to check around the car to make sure no one is around. If you notice someone standing in the vicinity of the car, walk away and call police, he said. He recommends using a key to open just the driver's door when getting into one's car rather than an automatic door opener that unlocks all the doors.

Anyone who sees a suspicious person or activity is asked to call 911.


3 men sought in gunpoint robbery

Police are looking for three men in their 20s who robbed at gunpoint a 33-year-old man in his Kaimuki home.

The three men entered the man's home at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. One of the men put a handgun to his head and told him to stay still, police said.

The men took some items from the home and fled in an unknown direction.


Washington judge dies in waters

A 62-year-old judge from Washington state died Thursday while snorkeling off the South Kohala coast of the Big Island.

The victim, John O. Linde of Friday Harbor, Wash., had been snorkeling with a friend in Anaehoomalu Bay at about 9 a.m., Big Island police said. The friend returned to shore for about 20 minutes between 9:30 and 10 a.m., police said.

A charter snorkeling boat found Linde floating about 75 yards from shore. The crew of the boat took him to shore and tried to revive him until fire rescue personnel arrived.

Linde was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 11:20 a.m.

Linde was a Superior Court judge in San Juan County, Wash., Seattle-area news media reported.


No Oahu clues to find missing man

; Big Island authorities contacted Honolulu police and asked them to search a missing boater's Waikiki hotel room in search of clues to his disappearance.

Fire Battalion Chief Gerald Kosaki said the circumstances of the man's disappearance are unusual, but Honolulu police found no clues.

The Big Island Fire Department and the Coast Guard are continuing their search this morning for 58-year-old Samuel Bower. His rented boat was found with no one aboard going in circles Wednesday evening three miles off the Kona Coast.

Bower, who moved last month to Oahu from Park City, Utah, rented a boat Wednesday morning at Honokohau Harbor on the Kona Coast.

Airline tickets on the boat indicated Bower flew from Oahu to the Big Island and planned to return the same day.

The Coast Guard searched 4,700 square miles and 30 nautical miles out to sea while the Fire Department searched along the coastline.