Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery late Thursday afternoon (August 6) in the area of Keawe Street just south of Mamo Street in Hilo.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., a 33-year-old man reported that two males approached him from the back and began to punch him. The suspects reportedly stole the victim’s wallet and cell phone and attempted to take his backpack. The attackers then fled the area.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center and then flown to a hospital on Oahu for treatment of serious facial injuries.

The attackers are described as two males with dark complexions, one about 5-foot-6 and the other about 6-feet tall. Both were described as having a stocky build.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Victor McLellan at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.