Police searching for bank robbery suspect

LIHUE — A man who police say is responsible for multiple burglaries and carjackings is still on the run.

Walter Mills, who police say escaped from Kauai Community Correctional Center Thursday night, was last seen in the Kalaheo/Lawai area, according to a release from the Kauai Police Department. Police are considering him to be armed.

Police got a call regarding a robbery at First Hawaiian Bank, located on Rice Street, about 8:30 a.m. 

At around 9:50 a.m., officers responded to the Kmart at Kukui Grove Shopping Center after a man reported that someone matching Mills’ description brandished a weapon then stole his Ford pickup truck from the parking lot.

A short time later, Mills, 43, was reported to have left the pickup near Sudz Car Wash on Pahee Street in Lihue, and fled the area on foot.

Police believe that the suspect then entered a county paratransit bus, brandished a weapon, and then instructed the male bus driver to take him to Koloa Road. There were no passengers on the bus at the time.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., police were then notified that Lifeway Pharmacy was robbed by a male subject matching Mills’ description.

According to a preliminary investigation, the suspect then carjacked two additional cars and was eventually dropped off at Kalawai Park in Kalaheo, where he fled the vehicle on foot shortly after 11 a.m.

Mills’ last known location is Kalaheo. About 30 police officers and Air 1 are searching for him.

The public is advised to be on the lookout for the suspect and call 911 immediately if seen.

Mills is a white male, six feet and approximately 185 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair, and is balding on the top of his head. 

He was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans and may be wearing a gray hat. 

“Do not approach this man. Motorists should keep doors locked,” according to a press release.

Mills is serving time for Theft 2. He was reported missing from a headcount at KCCC about 8 p.m. How he escaped is under investigation.



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