This evening, Monday, January 13, a robbery was reported at UH Mānoa. The incident took place at approximately 8:20 p.m. this evening in the loading dock area outside of Frear Hall. An unknown male approached the victim in his vehicle brandishing a large kitchen knife and ordered the victim to get out of his vehicle. The victim got out of his vehicle and the suspect got into the victim’s vehicle fleeing the area. A report has been filed with Honolulu Police.
The male suspect is described by the witness as:
- Complexion/possible ethnicity (as described by witness): Polynesian
- Age: 6’0″
- Build: Medium
- Clothing: White long sleeve shirt, black pants
- Other distinguishing characteristics: Acne and an accent
The area was checked, and no suspect was located. If you have any information, please contact the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911
Remember: It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation. Responsibility is with the perpetrator, not the victim — no one deserves, asks for or provokes robbery or assault. UHM provides counseling services to students. Please contact the Counseling & Student Development Center at (808) 956-7927. For faculty and staff who need counseling services, please speak with your Human Resources office regarding the Employee Assistance Program. Although the victim is never at fault, prioritizing one’s personal safety is recommended.
The following safety tips have been provided by DPS:
- Be aware of your surroundings, look assertive, and keep a safe distance from strangers. Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
- Trust your intuition, if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
- Utilize campus transportation resources. Call (808) 956-SAFE (7233) for our Security Escort Service, which is available 7 days a week, from dusk until dawn.
- Download the Mānoa Guardian app and use the Safety Timer feature to notify family, friends, or DPS staff if you are walking alone or in an unfamiliar place on campus. More information: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/manoa-guardian.
- If you feel that you or others are in danger, look for a blue light Emergency Call Box, call DPS at (808) 956-6911, or call HPD at 911. To report suspicious, illegal, or unusual activity on campus, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.