Man robs Lihu‘e bank

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i police are searching for the person responsible for robbing American Savings Bank on Wednesday afternoon in Lihu‘e.

The crime disrupted traffic flow and caused at least one local school to take security precautions. Wilcox Elementary School was temporarily on “lock down” mode after news of the robbery reached education officials, according a staff member.

The robbery occurred at about 1:10 p.m. at the American Savings Bank on Rice Street.

According to detectives, a man walked into the bank, passed a note to the teller demanding money and pointed an unknown object at the teller from under his shirt.

The man walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash, a county news release states. No weapon was seen.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, believed to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s. He is between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 170 pounds, the release states. The suspect was wearing a blue pullover sweatshirt, blue surf shorts and a white cap at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to call Police Dispatch at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers, 241-1887.

CrimeStoppers is a non-profit organization that offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to an arrest.

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