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Suspected serial robbers will remain in federal custody for now

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The three men accused of robbing three banks and another business will remain in jail.

18-year old AJ Williander, 19-year old Rogussia Eddie Allen Danielson, and 19-year old Marcus Kalani Watson all had hearings in federal court Wednesday.

They were granted court-appointed attorneys and given dates for their next hearings to determine bail. 

Police say the men went on a crime spree in April and May. Surveillance pictures showed the heavily armed, masked men terrorizing bank tellers while stealing tens of thousands of dollars. Police and the FBI say the men in the pictures were identified through a confidential source and DNA evidence then confirmed their involvement.

Williander was arrested at the Honolulu Airport Tuesday as a Hawaii News Now camera rolled. He is the suspected getaway car driver.

Danielson was arrested at a Halawa apartment complex minutes later. He has been described as the 'number two' man in the operation.

And the alleged ringleader, Watson, was picked up by FBI agents as the plane he was on landed in Honolulu. Watson had been in Oakland visiting family. Police sources say the operation to grab all three men was coordinated around Watson's return to Hawaii. FBI Special Agent Vida Bottom said in a press conference after the arrests, that there were undercover agents on the flight.

"Solving these robberies were a particular priority for the FBI and HPD because of the escalated level of threat and violence involved," Bottom said.

The men are suspected of robbing a Reynolds Recycling Center in April, and then holding up three banks in May. The Central Pacific Bank in Waihiawa, two American Savings Banks in Salt Lake and Pearlridge.

"It was through the use of modern technology and some good old fashioned police work that resulted in the identification of these three perpetrators," said U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni.

Part of the evidence listed in Federal court documents, Facebook pictures of the men holding bundles of bills shortly after the crimes.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha says Hawaii is safer now that these men have been caught.

"Dozens of CID investigators, Crime Reduction Unit officers, patrol and SWAT officers, criminal analysts and others at HPD have been working tirelessly to identify and track down these dangerous perpetrators," Kealoha said.

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