A 37-year-old man accused of robbing two Ewa Beach banks is expected to appear in Honolulu District Court on warrant charges this morning before he is turned over to federal officials to face robbery charges.
Derek Deon Leathers, of no local address, is accused of robbing the Ewa Town Center branch of American Savings Bank of $1,318 about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He is also accused of robbing the Ewa Beach branch of First Hawaiian Bank, about 2.5 miles away, of $403 about 1 p.m. Monday.
According to a court affidavit, “Leathers voluntarily admitted to both bank robberies and stated that he needed the money to help support his family.”
In both instances, the robber indicated he had a gun but none was seen.
Employees at both banks gave similar descriptions of the robber, who appeared to have worn the same clothes.
Leathers was arrested Monday night in Kalihi, police said. The affidavit said Leathers was arrested after police received a tip from a friend of Leathers’ saying he was on his way to the airport.
Leathers was being held at the police cellblock on $20,000 bail based on three unrelated contempt of court charges for which he will appear in state District Court this morning. He will then be turned over to the FBI.
The robbery case of Debbie Louise Yxcot is also being turned over to federal jurisdiction.
Yxcot, 40, is accused of robbing the Chinatown branch of Bank of Hawaii about 10:15 a.m. Friday. She was arrested at a Hauula beach park Saturday night.
A federal court affidavit said Yxcot voluntarily admitted to robbing the bank to buy drugs.
The affidavit said the robber took $350 from the bank.