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Makiki bank robbery suspect arrested after robbing credit union

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    Mitchum Pastor, 52.

A 52-year-old man, suspected of robbing a Makiki bank on Thursday, was arrested this morning after allegedly robbing the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union on Halekauwila Street, police said.

Officers located Mitchum Pastor in the Ward area at about 9:10 a.m., roughly an hour after he allegedly robbed the credit union, and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

This morning’s robbery occurred at about 8:15 a.m.

Pastor allegedly demanded money from the teller, saying he had a weapon and reached toward his waistband.

No weapon was recovered, however, police said.

The first robbery occurred at First Hawaiian Bank at 1111 S. Beretania Street sometime before 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said a male suspect later identified as Pastor entered the bank and demanded money from a teller. He also said he had a weapon.

The FBI has taken over investigation of the cases and Pastor now faces federal penalties if convicted, said police Sgt. Chris Kim, Honolulu CrimeStoppers coordinator.

Honolulu police want to remind the public that bank robbery is a serious crime, which can be charged in federal court; and federal penalties are stiffer than state penalties.

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