2 men sought
in hotel robbery

The men bound the victim and
took cash as well as credit cards

Honolulu police are looking for two men who allegedly forced their way into a Waikiki hotel room and robbed a Japanese tourist Sunday night.

The incident took place at the Ocean Resort Hotel at 175 Paoakalani Ave.

Police said the 20-year-old female victim was in her hotel room about 10 p.m. when she heard a knock on her door.

When she answered her door, two men, one of them armed with a handgun, allegedly forced their way inside and bound her arms, legs and mouth with duct tape. One suspect guarded the victim while the other searched the hotel room and took cash and credit cards.

Meanwhile, police said the victim's roommate returned to the hotel and knocked on the door, then went down to the front desk to get a key card when the victim did not answer. Right after that, police said, the suspects left the room and fled the area.

With the suspects gone, the victim managed to hop over to the phone and called the hotel operator for help. At the same time, the hotel operator downstairs overheard the victim's roommate asking for another key because she could not get into her room, put two and two together and called police. The victim was found in the room a short time later, still bound with tape.

The victim and her roommate reportedly left Hawaii for Japan yesterday morning. The first suspect, who was armed with a handgun and stood guard over the victim, was described as in his 20s, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 175 pounds, with black hair and a black goatee. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black pants, black skullcap and white sneakers.

Suspect No. 2, who allegedly searched the hotel room, was described as also in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with brown shoulder-length hair, brown eyes and bad acne. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and light-colored pants.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

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