Department of Public Safety

In an email from UH Mānoa’s Department of Public Safety, it was stated that at approximately 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, there was an attempted robbery at the Mānoa Innovation Center.  

The MIC is a UH Mānoa-owned property on Woodlawn Drive. The MIC serves as the readying space for new technology companies where tenants can use the high-speed internet connection and resources for further development. 

The attempted robbery occurred in MIC’s parking lot. The victim reported that they were followed into the lot by another vehicle. The unknown vehicle parked in a nearby space and an unknown male got out of the vehicle. The suspect began to hit the victim’s windows with a heavy object. A second suspect stayed in the driver’s seat of the car while the first attempted the robbery. 

The victim then fled the scene in their vehicle and reached a safe location before contacting police. A report has been filed with the Honolulu Police Department. 

The victim was only able to ascertain a few details about the suspect, due to the weather conditions and time of the incident. The suspect was an unknown male, possibly in his twenties, wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt and face mask.  

MIC was checked but no suspect was located. DPS encourages those with information to contact them at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911. 

DPS provided the following tips in the email:

  • Trust your intuition, if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.

  • Utilize campus transportation resources.  Call (808) 956-SAFE (7233) for our Security Escort Service, which is available 7 days a week, from dusk until dawn.

  • Download the Manoa Guardian app and use the Safety Timer feature to notify family, friends, or DPS staff if you are walking alone or in an unfamiliar place on campus.  More information: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/manoaguardian.html

  • If you feel that you or others are in danger, look for a blue light Emergency Call Box, call DPS at (808) 956-6911, or call HPD at 911. To report suspicious, illegal, or unusual activity on campus, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.

Managing Editor

Gabrielle Parmelee is a senior double majoring in English and Spanish at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She graduated from Hazen High School in 2017 in Renton, Washington State. Her favorite pastime is hiking with her dog, Nessie.