Homeless man arrested in connection with two Oahu bank robberies
Police Tuesday night arrested a 23-year-old homeless man as a suspect in the two recent bank robberies on Oahu.
Michael Schturmgeist was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery in connection with the 9:30 a.m. holdup on Monday of the Makiki Central Pacific Bank branch.
Schturmgeist was also arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery in connection with the 9:53 a.m. robbery of First Hawaiian Bank branch on Ward Avenue on Feb. 16.
Police said an anonymous informant divulged the name of a possible suspect in the two cases and he was subsequently arrested.
With Schturmgeist’s arrest, Honolulu police now have two suspects who they believe are responsible for five of the seven bank robberies that have taken place on Oahu so far this year.
Ronald Manning, 49, was arrested in January in connection with three of the robberies.
At the time Schturmgeist was arrested as a suspect in the two bank holdups, he was being held in the cellblock at police headquarters on Beretania Street as a suspect in the sidewalk robbery of a 22-year-old man.
The victim in that case told police he was walking near Ala Moana Center about 3:30 a.m. when a stranger approached and pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit the back of his head.
The victim said the stranger held him down and removed money from his pocket before running away.
Schturmgeist was arrested at 2:45 p.m. Monday on suspicion of second-degree robbery in connection with the Ala Moana case.