CrimeStoppers and Oahu Transit Services Report Increase in Objects Thrown at City Buses

After a reported increase in cases involving objects being thrown at city buses, CrimeStoppers and Oahu Transit Services are asking for the public’s help to prevent damage to vehicles.

Since December, there have been more than 60 cases of criminal property damage involving OTS buses, CrimeStoppers said in a news release today. One of the most recent cases took place at 6.30am today when a suspect threw an object at a bus and smashed one of its windows.

Surveillance video of the bus, which was traveling east on S. King Street near Fort Street Mall, shows a suspicious man throwing the unknown object at the bus. He is described as having an average build and wore a black jacket over a gray tank top. He was also wearing black shorts and shoes, a black hat and a backpack.

CrimeStoppers said there were four main areas where the cases were taking place: Waikiki; in the downtown and Chinatown neighborhoods between River and Alakea streets; on the north shore between Sunset Beach and Weed Circle; and in Hawaii Kai at Kalanianaole Highway and Keahole Street.

Anyone throwing objects at city buses can call 911. Additionally, CrimeStoppers can be reached at 808-955-8300. The public can also send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips app.

Melvin Z. Madore