HPD is investigating a string of robberies over the weekend amid rising crime rates on Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu police say they are investigating a series of robberies that happened over the weekend.

The latest incident happened around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of McCully and South Beretania.

Police said a man allegedly hit the victim in the head with a hammer and then took his wallet.

In another incident at Ala Wai Community Park around 3 a.m. Sunday, authorities said a 25-year-old man was robbed by three other men. The police said that one of the suspects allegedly held a knife to the victim’s ribs.

Then, around 8 p.m., Saturday, HPD said a man pointed a gun at someone trying to stop him from robbing a store in the Kapolei area.

Police are still looking for suspects in all three cases.

This string of robberies is just the latest in a growing crime rate on Oahu.

From January 1 to September 25, 626 cases of robbery were registered, which is about 14% more than last year. This is according to Honolulu Star – Advertiserwho analyzed HPD statistics.

Also, 577 people were arrested for weapons violations, which is 26% more than last year.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are using a new tactic to prevent potentially dangerous suspects from being released when their cases are closed.

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