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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2008

Two indicted in dorm break-in, robbery of UH-Manoa student

Advertiser Staff

UPDATE: In February 2009, defendants Michael Pantzer and Benjamin Hendrickson pleaded no contest to lesser charges of harassment and disorderly conduct. Both men asked for deferrals of their pleas and a chance to have the charges dropped if they stayed out of trouble. The deferrals were granted in April 2009 and the charges were dismissed in 2010.

Two men were indicted yesterday in Honolulu for allegedly stealing $400 from a University of Hawai'i-Manoa student last month.

Benjamin Hendrickson and Michael Pantzer, both 20, are each accused of two counts of second-degree robbery.

A $20,000 warrant for arrest was issued yesterday for both suspects.

The robbery charge stems from an early morning confrontation Oct. 24 near the bicycle racks at Frear Hall after two men allegedly entered a sixth-floor dormitory room at Gateway House, 2563 Dole St., awoke and threatened a male student and fled with cash stolen from a desk drawer at 2:40 a.m., according to an affidavit filed at District Court.

The victim chased the suspects and confronted them at the bike racks.

One of the suspects allegedly punched the victim in the right temple.

During an ensuing struggle, the two men fell to the ground, and the second suspect pulled the victim off his companion, allowing both suspects to run off.

Witnesses identified Hendrickson as one of the suspects who fled.

Campus security, meanwhile, spotted a man fitting the suspect's description entering a room at the Hale Wainani dormitory. Police located Hendrickson and arrested him at 3:30 a.m. after the victim identified him as a suspect.

Pantzer was arrested Oct. 25.