Attempted Robbery at Mānoa Innovation Center

This morning, Tuesday, July 7, an attempted robbery was reported at Mānoa Innovation center; a UH Mānoa owned property near the shopping center on Woodlawn Drive in Mānoa. The incident took place at approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning in a parking lot outside of the building. The victim reported that as they were pulling into the parking lot, another vehicle pulled into the driveway behind them and parked in a nearby space. An unknown male got out of the vehicle, approached the victim’s vehicle and began hitting the vehicle windows with a heavy baton-like object. During the incident, a second suspect stayed in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The victim fled the scene in their vehicle immediately, and reached a safe location before contacting police. A report has been filed with Honolulu Police.

Suspect and vehicle descriptions are detailed below. Please note: due to dark and rainy conditions, the victim was only able to distinguish a few details.

Suspect 1:

  • Complexion/possible ethnicity (as described by witness): Unknown
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 20’s
  • Height: Unknown
  • Build: Unknown
  • Clothing: Light colored hooded sweatshirt, face mask

Suspect 2:  Unknown; waited in the car during the incident

Vehicle description: Small SUV, older model, light color (UPDATE: A photo of the vehicle was obtained from security footage.  Please scroll to the bottom of this post to view)

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:
  • 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.

UPDATE: The photo below was obtained from security footage.  Please contact DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911 if you have information.