By Maui Now Staff
***Update: Espinoza and Thompson were both located and taken into custody on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from Crime Stoppers tips received shortly after publication.
Authorities from the Maui Police Department and Crime Stoppers have released the names of two individuals wanted for questioning in an alleged robbery incident reported on the afternoon of Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Big-Kmart in Kahului.
The public’s help is being sought in locating Alyssa Marie Espinoza, 23, and Justin Christopher Thompson, 27, according to new information released by Maui Crime Stoppers.
According to officials, a female suspect, later identified as Espinoza, was allegedly observed with stolen merchandise in her purse.
While being detained and escorted by store security officers, an unknown male individual, later identified as Thompson, “grabbed the hand of one of the security officers and physically removed her hand from one of the straps of Espinoza’s purse.”
“Thompson also shoved a second security officer twice to the chest, causing him to stumble against a standing sensor near the doorway,” according to Crime Stoppers.
According to information released by authorities, the alleged offenders left the area within a red Jeep Laredo multipurpose vehicle, with license plate number MPV437.
Authorities did not say what items were allegedly stolen or what value they had.
According to Crime Stoppers, Espinoza is described as 5’6” tall, weighing 115 pounds, with brown hair and eyes; and Thompson is described as 5’11” tall, weighing 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information concerning the current location of Espinoza or Thompson is asked to contact Maui Crime Stoppers at (808) 242-6966. Neighbor island residents can call toll free at 1-888-242-6966.
Maui Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of individuals in unsolved felony crimes; the recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs in felony cases; or the capture of felony fugitives.
The public should consider all wanted persons as dangerous and should not approach, follow or take other action that could put themselves in danger.
The public is reminded that the information provided by authorities is merely an accusation, and all parties are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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