Suspected bank robber who fled from halfway house arrested

Suspected bank robber who fled from halfway house arrested

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police arrested suspected bank robber Ava Anderson Friday in the parking lot of Zippy's on Nimitz Boulevard.

Anderson, 26, was indicted by a grand jury last week for the Feb. 26 robbery of the Bank of Hawaii on King Street.

But on Wednesday, just hours after she arrived at a Honolulu halfway house, she allegedly cut her ankle monitor and fled.

Ponder's criminal history includes resisting arrest, robbery, and assault. According to a news release, she has a history of attempting to bite officers who try to arrest her.

Ponder, who is pregnant, was arrested about 4:30 p.m., police said that she was in a car and officers had to break the window to arrest her.

As police approached the vehicle, Ponder locked herself inside and refused to leave the car.

The man who said he owned the car also refused to unlock the doors for officers. US Marshals and federal agents identified themselves to Ponder and the male, and informed the man that Ponder was a wanted fugitive.

Ponder was taken to Queens Hospital as a medical precaution, then taken to the Federal Detention Center where she'll be until her next court appearance.

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