UPDATE: 3 Arrested in Masked Robbery of Wailuku Minit Stop
By Wendy Osher
(Update: 12:40 p.m. 7/24/13)
Three men in their 20s were arrested and transported to the Wailuku Police Station in connection with a morning robbery at the Minit Stop on Main Street in Wailuku, police said.
According to police reports, two local men wearing hooded sweaters and masks entered the convenience store at around 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24.
One of the men was carrying what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, and the other was carrying a pipe, said Lt. Jayson Rego in a police report.
Upon entry, police say the men began demanding money from the cashiers and threatening customers in the store.
The two men, “suddenly bolted and ran from the store as they heard sounds of police sirens responding,” said Lt. Rego.
Police say the two suspects who had entered the store, fled the scene on foot toward Waiʻale Drive on Nani Street.
Upon police arrival a foot chase ensued and both men, ages 24 and 25, were caught fronting the Nani Street Apartments, authorities said. The weapons used in the robbery were also recovered at that location, according to police.
A third man, who police say was acting as a look out and get away driver, reportedly fled from the scene in a gray Nissan pick up truck, headed west or mauka on Main Street.
Officers with the Kīhei Traffic Enforcement Detail later located the 23-year-old man operating the 2007 Nissan Pick up truck, and stopped him on the Honoapiʻilani Highway, at Māʻalaea near the Carl’s Jr. Drive In.
Police say the vehicle was observed to be speeding and cutting in and out of traffic, while heading in the Lahaina direction.
According to Lt. Rego, all three suspects were subsequently arrested and transported to the Wailuku Police Station for processing.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police say no injuries were observed or reported by the victims, witnesses, or suspects.
(Update: 8:57 a.m. 7/24/13)
Maui police from Wailuku Patrol now have three people detained in connection with a reported robbery at the Minit Stop on Main Street in Wailuku, said Lt. Jayson Rego with the police department’s Criminal Investigation Division.
The investigation is still in its beginning stages, and officers were still processing evidence at the scene at around 8 a.m. today.
Lt. Rego confirmed that there was a robbery this morning at the location, situated at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. Police on scene said no one was injured in the incident.
Full details as well as the identities of those detained in connection with the incident are pending release.
***Check back for more details and updates which will be posted as they become available from Maui police.
(Update: 8 a.m. 7/24/13)
Maui police are currently conducting an investigation into a reported robbery at Minit Stop on Main Street in Wailuku, police said.
Officers from the Criminal Investigation Division cordoned off the area were processing evidence at last report.
Police on scene say no one was injured in the incident.
We have unconfirmed reports of a suspect seen leaving the area.
Full details are pending release.