Former Miss Hawaii robbed at gunpoint
Armed intruders get away with $1M in heirloom jewelry
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are investigating a home invasion robbery at the home of a former Miss Hawaii.
Kumu hula Iwalani Walsh Tseu said four men with guns jumped over her backyard wall Sunday night and took possibly near $1 million worth of jewelry, some of which has been passed down in her family for generations.
“It was not a good way to start a new year,” she said.
Walsh Tseu was at home preparing to go out to see family and friends when she heard a shriek from her youngest daughter, Miss Hawaii USA 2009, Aureana Tseu.
“I am running out of the bathroom in my robe to a gun pointed at my face,” Walsh Tseu said.
A masked man had her daughter face down on the ground with her hands tied and a pillow over her head. A second man had a gun aimed at Walsh Tseu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Walsh Tseu said the gunman pushed her down, tied her up using a phone charger cord, then ransacked the house and found drawers filled with jewelry, including Hawaiian bracelets, black pearls, emeralds and more. She said she thinks the men may have spent around 30 minutes in the house, all while Aureana Tseu’s husband was out in the driveway unaware of what was going on inside. Then she heard a whistle, and the men fled out the back door and over the wall to what she suspects was a waiting car.
Walsh Tseu said she is grateful that no one was hurt, including Aureana Tseu’s cousin who was in a cottage on the property and also detained by the gunmen.
Police are investigating the incident. It was one of four armed robberies on New Year’s Eve in Honolulu reported to police.
The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that results in prosecution.