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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Kapahulu robbery suspect charged in earlier case

Advertiser Staff

A 34-year-old man who was arrested following a shootout Saturday in Kapahulu was charged yesterday with another robbery.

Markes Rapoza was charged in the robbery of an antique store.
Markes K. Rapoza of Kaimuki was charged with one count of first-degree robbery in connection with a Jan. 18 robbery of a Kapahulu Avenue antiques store. Rapoza's bail was set at $100,000.

Rapoza is accused of brandishing a handgun at Bailey's Antiques and demanding jewelry from a clerk. Police said the robber fled with two antique Rolex watches.

Police had been searching for Rapoza until Saturday, when he was arrested following a botched robbery at GH Pawn and Gold Exchange, also on Kapahulu Avenue. The 52-year-old owner of the store was shot twice by the robber. Rapoza was arrested at the nearby Market City Shopping Center.

The owner was in serious condition yesterday at The Queen's Medical Center. Rapoza, who was shot by the store owner, was treated at Queen's and released to police custody yesterday morning.

Charges against Rapoza in connection with Saturday's shooting were pending further investigation. He faces possible charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree attempted murder, and various firearms and drug offenses.