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Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2001

Police Beat

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

Robber holds up bank in Mililani

A man held up the Mililani branch of American Savings Bank this week in the state’s fourth bank robbery of the year.

The man entered the branch on Kipapa Drive at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to the FBI.

He presented a demand note and made a threat involving a weapon, but no weapon was seen, the FBI said. He left with an undisclosed amount of money.

The robber wore a white long-sleeve T-shirt and a dark-colored baseball cap. He was described as in his late 20s or early 30s, weighing about 140 pounds and about 5 feet 3 to 5 feet 5, of medium build with brown eyes, dark hair, a mustache and a mole on his left cheek.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 566-4300 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Fugitive sought in theft of plants

Authorities were searching for a 36-year-old fugitive who is wanted for questioning in connection with a theft of more than 1,000 plants valued at $6,000 from a Waimanalo nursery last month.

Police said Rodney Teixeira is wanted on five warrants including probation revocation. They also want to talk to Teixeira about plant thefts from the Nalo Nursery at 41-890 Mahiku Place Jan. 22-23.

Teixeira is known to frequent the Waimanalo area, police said. Anyone with information about the theft may call detective John McCarthy at 261-6106 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Hospital patient’s 2nd escape ends

A 46-year-old man, who was returned to the Hawaii State Hospital after escaping in October, has been arrested for escaping again.

Police arrested Johnie M. Gray on suspicion of second-degree escape Tuesday morning at Makaloa Street and Kalakaua Avenue.

Police said hospital officials reported Gray missing at about 9 p.m. Monday. He was found in the Ala Moana area and arrested at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

In the previous incident, Gray had escaped on Oct. 28 and was later returned to the hospital, police said.

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