2 men charged in Pukalani bank robbery

Published On: Feb 22 2013 03:50:29 PM HST   Updated On: Feb 22 2013 03:51:01 PM HST

Richard L.K. Vance (left), Michael Santino Sobel

WAILUKU, Hawaii -

Maui police say two men were charged in connection with a robbery at the First Hawaiian Bank in Pukalani on the island of Maui.

On Tuesday, police say a man entered the bank at around 3:10 p.m. and demanded all of the bank customers to get on the ground.

The man then proceeded to each teller demanding money.  He gave them a bag to put money in.

Police say the man had a handgun.  Authorities did not say how much money was taken.

The robber got onto the back of a dirt bike driven by another man and left the scene.

On Wednesday, police arrested 25-year-old Richard L.K. Vance and 28-year-old Michael Santino Sobel.  Officers located Vance and his girlfriend at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali.  Vance's girlfriend was arrested for hindering prosecution and later released pending further investigation.

Evidence was collected in Vance's hotel room and his girlfriend's vehicle connecting him to the robbery.  Vance does not have a local address.

Sobel was arrested at his home in Pukalani.  The motorcycle used in the robbery was found at the home and recovered as evidence.  Sobel was believed to be the driver of the motorcycle at the scene of the robbery.  Sobel is a self-employed fruit picker.

Vance and Sobel were both charged with first-degree robbery, terroristic threatening and kidnapping.

Bail was set at $105,000 each.


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