Tantalus Purse Snatching

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CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department want to ask the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect responsible for a purse snatching robbery that occurred on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at 1:40 p.m. on Puowaina and Tantalus Drives.

The 68-year-old Caucasian female tourist and her male friend were sitting at the bus stop just outside of Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific when the suspect grabbed her purse. The suspect ran on Puowaina Drive and was chased by the victim’s friend, who caught up to the suspect, and struggled with him for the purse. The suspect struck and kicked the friend repeatedly then ran down Auwaiolimu Street.


Anyone with information about this case may contact Detective Taro Nakamura directly at 529-3382 or anonymous calls are taken at CrimeStoppers 955-8300, *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Suspect Description

*Asian mixed male,

*Late 20’s, early 30’s

*5’8″, 140 lbs.

*Slim build

*Thick black hair with long pony tail

*Brown complexion

*Wearing a blue and yellow HFD t-shirt, “RESCUE” on back, blue denim shorts, dirty gray athletic shoes
Honolulu CrimeStoppers Inc., will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information which results in the arrest of a wanted person or the solving of case(s) reported to CrimeStoppers Honolulu Inc. All calls are confidential. Do not approach any suspect. All suspects and wanted fugitives should be considered armed and dangerous. All calls are confidential and anonymous. Persons who participate in the crime, or are victims of the crime are ineligible to receive CrimeStoppers rewards. Be a CrimeStopper and call the hot line at 955-8300 or *Crime on your cellular telephone.

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