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3 men charged in connection with Wailuku store robbery

Published On: Jul 25 2013 02:03:59 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 25 2013 05:24:37 PM HST

(left to right) Joyner D. Recheungel, Rowan Sombelon, Stanceford M. Kaina Jr.

Three men arrested in connection with the robbery of a convenience store in Wailuku have been charged, according to Maui police.

Joyner D. Recheungel and Rowan Sombelon were charged with first-degree robbery and three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Bail for Recheungel was set at $65,000.  Bail for Sombelon was set at $13,000.

Stanceford M. Kaina Jr. was charged with first-degree robbery and his bail was set at $50,000.  Kaina is currently on probation which started in 2011.

Investigators say two men, Sombelon and Recheungel, entered the Minit Stop store at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue at around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.  They were wearing hooded sweaters and masks.

One of the men had what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol. The other man was carrying a pipe, according to police.

The men demanded money from the cashiers and threatened customers in the store, according to the police report. They ran from the store after they heard police sirens.

The men ran toward Waiale Drive on Nani Street.  Kaina, who was a lookout and getaway driver, fled in a gray Nissan pickup.

Officers were able to catch Recheungel and Sombelon in front of the Nani Street Apartments.  The weapons used in the robbery were also recovered.

Click here to see photos from the scene of the robbery.

Kaina was stopped by officers on Honoapiilani Highway near the Carl's Jr.  The truck he was driving was seen speeding and cutting in and out of traffic while heading toward Lahaina.

No injuries were reported.

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