2 arrested tied to string of armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores face federal charges

2 arrested tied to string of armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores face federal charges
Police are investigating a string of early-morning incidents at 7-Eleven stores across Oahu (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The two men arrested by Honolulu police in connection with a string of early-morning armed robberies at 7-Eleven stores in Honolulu were charged at the federal level Monday.

Both suspects — 26-year-old Matthew Middleton and 21-year-old Trey Hasegawa — were arrested last week near the Market City Shopping Center.

The U.S. Department of Justice said they were charged with conspiring to interfere with commerce by robbery. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years behind bars, with a maximum fine of $250,000.

Middleton is accused of an armed robbery in Kaimuki earlier in the month. Police said he was wearing a mask when he went into a 7-Eleven on Waialae Avenue around 3:20 a.m., showed a handgun and got away with some cash.

Meanwhile, Hasegawa is accused of an armed robbery in Moiliili that happened less than three hours later that same day. Police said he was also wearing a mask and had a similar-looking handgun when he went into a 7-Eleven on South King Street.

Police were also investigating a third armed robbery the following morning. It happened at the 7-Eleven on Nuuanu Avenue and School Street.

In all robberies, no injuries were reported.

Anyone with further information is asked to call police.

This story may be updated.

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