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Maui Police Identify Minit Stop Robbery Suspects

July 25, 2013, 3:19 PM HST
* Updated July 26, 9:44 AM
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Joyner D. Recheungel. Photo courtesy MPD.

Joyner D. Recheungel. Photo courtesy MPD.

Rowan Sombelon.  Photo courtesy MPD.

Rowan Sombelon. Photo courtesy MPD.

By Wendy Osher

Maui police have since identified the suspects arrested in the Wednesday morning robbery of the Minit Stop store on Main Street in Wailuku.

Police say Joyner D. Recheungel, 25, and Rowan Sombelon, 24, were both formally charged with first degree robbery and three counts of first degree terroristic threatening. Recheungel’s bail was set at $65,000; and Sombelon’s bail was set at $13,000.

Police say a third man, Stanceford M. Kaina Jr., 23, was charged with first degree robbery, and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. According to police reports, Kaina Jr. is currently on probation which started in 2011.

Stanceford M. Kaina Jr. Photo courtesy MPD.

Stanceford M. Kaina Jr. Photo courtesy MPD.

During the masked robbery, police say two men entered the convenience store, one brandishing what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol (but was actually a pellet gun), and the other carrying a pipe.

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Lt. Jayson Rego said that upon entry, the men began demanding money from the cashiers and threatened customers in the store.

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The men reportedly fled when sirens were heard from responding police, but were caught during a foot pursuit fronting the Nani Street Apartments.

A third man, who police say was acting as a look out and get away driver, reportedly fled from the scene and was stopped by Kīhei Traffic Enforcement officers in Māʻalaea.

Police say no injuries were observed or reported.

Robbery Investigation at Minit Stop in Wailuku.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Robbery investigation at Minit Stop in Wailuku. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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