Kalihi store manager dares robber to shoot

Published On: Jan 31 2014 06:06:49 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 06:53:33 PM HST

"I went up face to face to him.  The guy pulled the gun and pointed it at me," said Par 3 Store Manager Geffrey Lee.  "I told him to shoot!  And I told him three times to shoot.  Go ahead shoot!"

A gutsy move by Lee.  One that could've cost him his life!

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Around 6 a.m. Friday, police say two armed suspects attempted to rob his store on North King Street in Kalihi.

"I was checking my stock in the coolers.  I saw these two guys walk in with masks on.  So, I followed them right into the middle aisle," said Lee.

That's when the hooded thieves threatened him with what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun.  He dared them to shoot.  But, the gunman never pulled the trigger.

"It wouldn't chamber.  The round.  So, I think it was a fake gun," said Lee.

Lee was able to get behind the cash register and push the alarm in time.  At that point, he says the two suspects scrammed and moments later, police arrived on the scene.

Lee says it's because of the six cameras that were placed all over the market that they were able to get different angles of the suspect's face.

Different angles that might help overcome their attempts at disguises.

"We have photos of them  and I think the lookout in the red shirt.  I think police can get a photo of them because he wasn't wearing a mask," said Lee.

Police say three hours earlier, three men hit a coin pusher machine a few blocks down at the Waiakamilo Shopping Center.  They came away with nothing.  Just like the guys who tried to rip off Lee.

"I guess I'm bad luck for them," said Lee.

Police are asking for your help in both investigations.  If you have information on these robberies, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.


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