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Two indicted in robbery of Charley’s taxi driver

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    Prince Buses and Celow Woods.

An Oahu grand jury has indicted two men in connection with robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint.

Prince Buses, 19, and Celow R.C. Woods, 20, were indicted today for first-degree robbery for the Jan. 13 robbery of a Charley’s Taxi driver near the Pali Safeway grocery store.

Bail has been set at $50,000 each.

Police said the taxi driver was dispatched to Times Supermarket in Liliha to pick up two men. One of the culprits told the driver to take them to the Safeway on Pali Highway.

When they arrived, Buses also known as Prince Buses Jr. allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded money and the driver’s cellphone, according to a court document.

Woods, also known as Robert B. Martindell, allegedly tried to remove the surveillance camera near the dashboard. Police said the taxi driver feared for his safety and gave them $80 and his iPhone before they fled.

No injuries were reported.

Police arrested Woods at about 11:40 a.m. Friday in Chinatown. About an hour later, police arrested Buses in Waikiki.

Buses has a criminal record of driving without a license and disorderly conduct. Woods has a record of a recent conviction for fourth-degree theft.

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