Honolulu police launch an investigation into two back-to-back armed robberies

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jan 15 2014 07:51:56 PM HST

After two armed robberies overnight, police are now looking into whether the crimes are linked. The back to back incidents, first in Salt Lake, and then Waipahu. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa spoke with neighbors who are now on the look out.

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Honolulu police are investigating whether two armed robberies early Wednesday morning are linked.

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Officers say they were back-to-back incidents with the first robbery in Salt Lake and the second in Waipahu.

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A man entered a Tesoro gas station in Salt Lake along Lawehana Street armed with a gun at 12:40 a.m. The manager says the man flashed his gun at two employees behind the cash registers, and scared them before getting away with the cash.

Then less than an hour later, another robbery at the Aloha Island Mart along Farrington Highway in Waipahu at 1:30 a.m. Employees were also robbed by an armed suspect.

“It’s kind of dangerous because the transit center is right here and there’s a lot of us that catch the bus that early in the morning,” said Waipahu resident Jamee Smith.

“It’s worrisome because we have kids so if we were to bring them here for a snack and that happened, that would be scary,” said Lei Concepcion.

Police are looking into whether the two gas station robberies have a connection to other possible robberies. There have been more than five reported robberies of gas stations and mini marts in the Aiea and Pearl City area within the last month.

One robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven in Aiea around 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Employees say this suspected man demanded money and threatened to pull a weapon.

No one was reported injured in the robberies.

Anyone with information can call in tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

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