Woman ran over by truck in violent purse snatching at Moanalua Gardens

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The video shows three Japanese visitors walking towards their rental car at Moanalua Gardens when a man approaches them from behind.

This happened on Thursday, December 5, around 12:09 p.m.

“As we were pulling up in the parking lot we noticed some commotion going on to our left one lane over in the parking lot,” said a man named Brent who witnessed the incident. 

He said he quickly realized a robbery was taking place. 

He said the Japanese woman and the man were in a struggle. “He was pulling her towards the vehicle that he had a friend with. She was waiting as a getaway,” Brent said. 

As the suspect jumped in the car, the woman fell to the ground.

“I think the truck was trying to get closer to the male in order for him to get into the vehicle and she[driver] backed up and ran over the Japanese woman and then once he got in the vehicle, the truck then pulled forward and then ran over her again a second time,” the witness said. 

The woman suffered injuries to her foot and pelvis.

The incident happened just hours before the victim planned on flying home to Japan. Police have now opened an attempted murder case on the two suspects.

The first suspect is described to be a male between the ages of 28 and 35. He’s around 140 to 180 pounds, with black short and ear length hair, and was last wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and dark pants.

The second suspect was the driver and is possibly a woman.

The getaway truck is described to be a dark gray Toyota Tacoma four-door truck with roof racks and black wheels. Police said that the truck also has a broken dangling left side mirror.

Partial license plates end in 364, 964, 865 or 856.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. The public may now send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips App.

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