Suspect sought in bank robbery

Police were looking for a man who robbed the Pukalani branch of First Hawaiian Bank shortly after noon Thursday.

The robber brandished what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun after entering the branch at 67 Makawao Ave. at 12:10 p.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding money, said Lt. Jayson

Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said that the robber left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was seen walking toward the back parking lot of the bank, Rego said. No one was injured.

The bank was closed after the robbery, with police officers on scene. It was reopened later Thursday afternoon.

The robber was described as Caucasian, in his late 30s or early 40s, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2 and weighing 180 to 190 pounds. He has fair skin and a fair complexion with reddish brown hair and freckles on his face and hands.

He was wearing a red-and-white long-sleeved plaid shirt, khaki-colored trousers and a light blue bandanna or stocking cap on his head.

Police said anyone who sees the robber should not approach him but call 911.

Anyone with information on the robber is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 244-6425 during regular business hours or Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966. Callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and are given a code number.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people responsible for felony crimes.