Police capture Maui bank robber

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Melanie Yamaguchi

It didn't take long for police to capture and arrest a 33-year-old bank robber Thursday morning. Michael Flocco, a homeless male from Pennsylvania, was arrested at 10:45 a.m. and transported to the Wailuku Police Station for robbing a nearby First Hawaiian Bank branch.

Flocco is described as a white male with a husky build between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-8. He was reportedly seen wearing a black t-shirt and black surf shorts with a red design.

The robbery occurred at approximately 9 a.m. where Flocco entered the Wailea branch on Wailea Iki Place and approached a teller with a note demanding money be placed in a paper bag. No weapon was seen, but the suspect fled the scene and got onto a silver moped heading in the west direction down Wailea Iki Drive.

At about 10:30 a.m., Kihei Patrol Officers located a silver moped matching the description of the one at the bank in the Wailea and Makena area. The moped was parked in front of a beach known as "White Rock" off Old Makena Road near the Polo Beach Club. Officers later spotted a disheveled, white male matching the description of the suspect. When questioned by officers, the man said the moped belonged to him and was then detained.

Officers snapped a digital photo of the suspect and sent it to detectives at the bank. After comparing it to tapes from the bank and conferring with the bank staff, the male was positively identified as the same person who robbed the bank and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

A search warrant of Flocco's moped -- which was later impounded -- and property will be conducted to see if any of the proceeds from the robbery are within. The investigation is still ongoing pending results of the search warrant.

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