Police respond to armed robbery in Kalihi

(Via KHON)

Honolulu police shut down a portion of Gulick Avenue and North School Street while they investigated an armed robbery. It happened at a business on Gulick Avenue at around 4 a.m. Sunday.

A man who works nearby told KHON2 he heard multiple gunshots. Police say no one was arrested and that the victims, a 30-year-old woman and a 52-year-old woman, did not want to press charges.

Nearby residents we spoke to didn’t want to talk on camera, but say there’s criminal activity going on in the area.

According to an area lawmaker, crime is one of the top concerns from residents.

“We had sent a letter out back in November, December, and this month to our constituency, informing them that they are the ears and eyes our society, our community. And they need to be very vigilant if they see any criminal activity,” said Rep. John Mizuno (D) Kalihi Valley, Lower Kalihi, and Kamehameha Heights.

But what if people are afraid to come forward with information? Rep. Mizuno says he can understand why, but urges residents to speak up.

“You’ve gotta step up and again, if you don’t want to report it, contact our office, we’ll do it. This is what we do. We don’t have a problem with that at all. You have to be vigilant in order to stop criminal activity in our area,” said Rep. Mizuno.

He says community members have stepped up and formed citizen patrol groups to keep an eye out for crime. He hopes to get one formed in this area, where this most recent crime occurred.

“We’ve started a number of citizen’s patrol groups. And we’ve worked very well with Kalihi substation. So I think we’ve been doing a stellar job so far. But I hope to continue this and I hope we can stop this type of criminal activity from happening in the future,” said Rep. Mizuno.

If you want to address your concerns, call Rep. Mizuno’s office at 586-6050.

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