A Pearl City family were victims of a home invasion.
The incident happened on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 2 on Hoohonua Street. Honolulu police say there are three suspects in the case.
“I felt like something was off,” said one of the victims, who asked not to be identified. The 25-year-old explained he was upstairs in his room when his dogs began to bark. He went downstairs to investigate.
“Next thing I know, I saw three guys in my living room,” he added.
He describes one of the the men holding a knife to his throat.
“They said they definitely were going to do stuff to me. Like, knock me out, kill me,” he said.
Upstairs, his grandfather was sleeping.
“My grandpa has Alzheimer’s. I’m glad he didn’t wake up. He would have had no idea what was going on, and he’s already deaf.”
He says the robbers ransacked the home, stealing cash, his cell phone and Samsung tablet.
“I pretty much felt helpless at that point, and hopefully neighbors would catch on. Then they started saying: ‘I think there’s cameras, I think there’s cameras.’ They started panicking more and more.”
He says the robbers left after 20 minutes, after which he called police. Neighbors tell KHON2 the three suspects are spotted leaving the neighborhood through surveillance cameras, which they gave to detectives.
Sources say the robbers also stole firearms from the home that police eventually found dumped near a neighboring home’s yard.
The family says they left the front door unlocked, which is how the robbers came in, a mistake they hope others learn from.
“Don’t keep your doors open at all. Leave them unlocked. If you have an escape route use it as fast as possible,” said the 25-year-old.
Honolulu police have not given a description of the three suspects.