WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have charged a 26-year-old man who was arrested after an armed holdup at a Waipahu restaurant. And police are looking into whether he's connected to a string of robberies at other Oahu restaurants.
An HPD spokeswoman said Lindsey Furtado was charged Sunday afternoon with first-degree robbery and unauthorized entry into a dwelling. Bail was set at $250,000.
According to Honolulu police, a man entered Elena's, a popular Filipino restaurant, at about 7 a.m., before it opened for business. Four employees were inside at the time.
"They're all in the kitchen getting ready, and a man came in with a t-shirt over his head, wielding a knife -- a pretty big knife -- and just started yelling, 'Give me your money, give me your money,'" said restaurant co-owner Mellissa Cedillo.
Cedillo said the knife was about 12 inches long. One worker handed over a small amount of cash from the register -- less than $100 -- while the three other employees escaped out the back.
The robber then fled on foot, but Cedillo said by that time, he ws already being pursued by a shopping center maintenance worker. Witnesses told responding officers that the robber ran to a nearby apartment complex. That's where police arrested Furtado.
"He entered the apartment without permission, so he forced his way in," said Honolulu Police Maj. Lester Hite.
This holdup is the latest in a rash of robberies around Oahu in the past several weeks, four of them in Waipahu alone. One of the places hit was the Jack in the Box across the parking lot from Elena's, which prompted its owners to upgrade their surveillance camera system.
"There are eight cameras with night vision, and we got them installed last week Wednesday because when Jack in the Box got robbed at gunpoint, we got a little bit scared," said Cedillo.
Investigators haven't determined yet whether the suspect in this case is connected to any of the previous holdups, but are examining the surveillance video and looking into the possibility.
"Hopefully we catch him because that's five," said Cedillo. "Five is enough in Waipahu."
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