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Suspect in street robbery now accused of two Oahu bank heists

Surveillance photo from the March 1 Central Pacific Bank robbery Surveillance photo from the March 1 Central Pacific Bank robbery
robbery suspect Michael Schturmgeist robbery suspect Michael Schturmgeist

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man already in police custody accused of a street robbery near Ala Moana Center last week is now the prime suspect in two Honolulu bank heists.

Acting on an anonymous tip, officers on Tuesday night booked Michael Schturmgeist, 23, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery in connection with the bank holdups.

A bank robber's attempts to conceal his identity may have failed. Police now say Michael Schturmgeist is the man who was captured on surveillance video wearing a baseball cap and a surgical mask.

The 23-year-old is accused of Monday's armed heist at the Central Pacific Bank on South Beretania Street, and the February 16th stick-up at the First Hawaiian Bank on Ward Avenue.

"Nothing shocks me because if he was to rob me, why not go bigger until he gets caught," the victim of a robbery that happened outside Bar 7 February 25th said.

The day after the street robbery, investigators say the victim picked Schturmgeist's photo out of a lineup, identifying him as the suspect. The victim, who wanted to remain anonymous, says he left the bar at about 3:30 am and was attacked.

"Shoved me on the ground," he said. "Basically from the impact, I fell, hit my head. He put one of his hands on my neck and the other one into my pocket, grabbed my money."

He told police the robber stole about $360.

"About 30 seconds after, I just blacked out from, I guess, the impact on the ground," he said. "The next thing, I wake up and I'm in the hospital."

Officers arrested Schturmgeist in connection with the street robbery after locating him on Ala Moana Boulevard March 1st, five hours after the Central Pacific Bank holdup.

"I wouldn't doubt it," the street robbery victim said. "I mean, you know, once you're a criminal, you're always a criminal until you get caught."

He says he's relieved the suspect's apparent crime spree is over.

"Oh yeah, I'm really glad he is and police got him," he said.

Police say the suspect has been charged with at least one of the robberies. Bail is set at $250,000.

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