Robbery reported near Hamilton Library

A robbery was reported on Tuesday, April 19, at approximately 4:10 p.m. on Maile Way behind Hamilton Library. The victim reported that a man approached her while holding a clipboard soliciting for donations. The individual was very insistent and asked her to write down an email, which she did before attempting to walk away.

The suspect then grabbed her arm and told her to sit down and get out her computer. He proceeded to show her a computer-generated check and instructed her to make a deposit electronically from her bank account. The student felt threatened and complied, following his instructions to transfer funds from her account. When she tried to resist, the man forcibly took her phone and began to transfer money from her accounts himself. As soon as he was finished, he gave her phone back and told her to go.

The suspect is described by the victim as:

  • Descriptors: Male; Caucasian
  • Height: 6 ft (approx)
  • Hair: straight
  • Eyes: brown
  • Clothing: green shirt, black pants
  • Behavioral characteristics: walking around campus holding a clipboard and approaching students to ask them for contact information

If you have any information about this incident, 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 their 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.

DPS recommends:

  • E makaʻala – Be alert. Practice being aware and alert of your surroundings and remember that we cannot control everything around us. Every situation may be different, but being aware of warning signs can give you a head start.  Avoid distractions such as looking down at your phone while walking.
  • E mālama pono – Stay safe. For example, practice encouraging 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.
  • Never send money to strangers with a money transfer app tied to your bank account.  If you keep banking apps on your phone, be sure to password protect each account and/or use the fingerprint scan feature on your phone.
  • 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. The safety timer acts as a virtual security escort and allows the user to set a timer for their walk across campus, send status updates, and get help instantly if needed.
  • If you feel that you or others are in danger, or to report suspicious, illegal, or unusual activity on campus, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911. You can also contact DPS through the Mānoa Guardian app or by using a blue light Emergency Call Box on campus.