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Man Steals Tour Van in Hawaii

January 19, 2005

HONOLULU (AP) _ A man stole a tour van left idling at a beach park with four people inside, but eventually let the four go unharmed, police said.

The van had been left running early Tuesday morning at Kahe Point Beach Park in Oahu while the driver and three tourists stepped out to admire the view, police said.

Anthony Lopez of Colorado said he and three girls were dozing in the van when a man slid into the driver’s seat and sped out of the parking lot. The man agreed to free them after Lopez begged him to let them go.

``He threatened me with the knife and tried to get me to leave the girls and I just pled with him to please let me have the girls,″ Lopez said.

Lopez said the girls were getting out when a second man pulled up in a blue sedan and shoved him into the bushes. The car then followed the van up a highway.

Police recovered the van, which had been abandoned, but said the victims’ belongings were stolen.

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