26-year-old man arrested after rash of Waipahu robberies

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jul 27 2014 04:08:09 AM HST

The owner of Elena's restaurant says an early morning robber barged in with a knife and demanded money.

WAIPAHU, Hawaii -

Honolulu police have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the recent rash of armed robberies in Waipahu.

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The arrest happened just 45 minutes after Elena's restaurant was robbed.

Elena's owner, Melissa Cedillo, says the doors had just opened when a man barged in with a knife and demanded money.

Three workers inside were able to run out of the store, but a fourth was taken over to the register.

Cedillo says the thief took less than $100 out of the register before running away.

“When I got the phone call and my employee said we got robbed, I just jumped up and ran over here so we’re freaking out, pissed off,” said Cedillo.

Residents expressed an array of answers when asked if they were afraid of the robber.

“I don’t know. I think this place is too hot already, so I don’t think they’re going to do it again. I’m not sure. If it happens, it happens. We’re just chancing it,” said Jason Carranza, a Waipahu resident.

“I do see stuff and hear stuff sometimes. The other day I was walking home and there was two guys fighting and one guy had a gun. It’s not the safest neighborhood,” said Waipahu resident Alana Gallagher.

Police are charging the suspect with robbery in the first degree.

About 25 yards away from Elena’s, in the same lot, a Jack in the Box was robbed in early July.

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