HPU student robbed at gunpoint at Aloha Tower bus stop

Local News

Honolulu police are investigating after a Hawaii Pacific University student was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

According to police, a black Nissan Titan pickup truck pulled up next to a 22-year-old female student from Japan at approximately 11 a.m. at the Aloha Tower city bus stop.

The front seat passenger of the truck, exited the vehicle, brandished a dark colored handgun, and demanded her purse. The man got back into the truck and fled in an unknown direction.

Police released a description of the suspect and a surveillance photo of the Nissan truck.

Description of suspect:

  • Race: Caucasian
  • Age: 20s
  • Hair: Bald
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Clothing: Gray Hooded sweat shirt

Police have opened a first-degree robbery investigation. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Sam Moku, vice president of university relations, released the following statement:

“The student involved in today‚Äôs unfortunate incident is safe, and Hawaii Pacific University is working actively with both the Honolulu Police Department and Harbors Police on their ongoing investigation.

“Our priority is the safety of our students and community. While this isolated and unique incident took place at a nearby city bus stop, we have increased campus security in the entire Aloha Tower Marketplace as a precautionary measure, effective immediately. We will review our safety policies and procedures in the coming hours and days to ensure we are doing everything in our power to maintain our safe and welcoming educational and community space at Aloha Tower Marketplace.”

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