Suspect arrested after mother robbed at gunpoint near Kapiolani Park

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Honolulu police have arrested a suspect in a robbery that occurred in Waikiki Monday afternoon.

Phillip Osuna was positively identified and located at around 6:20 a.m. Thursday at Pacific Marina Inn on Waiwai Loop, near Honolulu International Airport.

He was arrested for first-degree robbery and kidnapping.

Turns out, he has been in and out of prison for multiple convictions and probation violations, and was most recently released on Sept. 9, just two weeks prior to this incident.Related Story: Kapiolani robbery suspect was released from prison two weeks prior

KHON2 spoke to the victim, a mother who was left in shock after being held at gunpoint then robbed.

It all happened in broad daylight while she was waiting for her child to finish soccer practice.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was sitting in her car at Kapiolani Park at around 5:30 p.m. Monday. She was waiting for her daughter to finish practice when a man approached her and pulled out a gun.

The man then got in her car and told her to drive around the block.

That’s when she says he took her belongings including her purse, jewelry, and phone.

“It’s scary knowing there are a lot of kids practicing soccer and you never know who is around or what is going on,” said the woman. “There are a lot of people walking around, but I guess it was just unfortunate for me to be at the wrong spot.”

She told KHON2 the man who robbed her was in his mid 30s with tattoos on his neck and was wearing dark glasses.

On Wednesday, Crimestoppers and the Honolulu Police Department released photos of a man caught on surveillance video at a store in Haleiwa using the stolen credit card.

“The description is similar, definitely similar but again, this is the video we have of the person using the credit cards that was taken in the robbery, so we’re asking the public to ID him,” said Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.

Authorities said they received numerous tips in response, which led to Osuna’s arrest.

Buffett urges the public to use caution and be aware of their surroundings.

“If you’re going to wait for someone while sitting in your car, make sure your doors are locked. Make it a little harder for them if your windows are down or if you have to roll down your windows, make sure they’re halfway versus all the way down where they can reach in to open the door,” Buffett said.

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