CrimeStoppers and Oahu Transit Services, Inc. are asking for the public’s help to keep bus passengers and operators safe and prevent damage to city buses.
In the last three months, TheBus has seen an increase in the frequency and severity of cases involving objects being thrown at and hitting buses. Since December 2021, there have been more than 60 cases of criminal property damage cases involving OTS buses.
The incidents have occurred in four primary areas:
Downtown-Chinatown – Between River and Alakea Streets
North Shore – Between Sunset Beach and Weed Circle
Hawaii Kai – Kalanianaole Highway and Keahole Street
On Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m., an OTS bus was traveling eastbound on S. King Street near Fort Street Mall when the passengers heard a noise and saw that a bus window was shattered. Fortunately, no one on the bus or nearby was injured. The onboard video surveillance camera showed a male suspect throwing an unknown object at the bus. He is described as Caucasian, medium build, wearing a black jacket over a grey tank top, black shorts, black hat, black shoes, and a black backpack.
If you see someone throwing objects at or damaging a bus, call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300. The public may now send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips App.