Man arrested in connection with Kapa'a bank robbery

Published On: Jan 30 2014 02:29:30 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 30 2014 02:30:23 PM HST

Joshua Carlsen

LIHUE, Hawaii -

Police have arrested a 36-year-old man suspected of robbing the Bank of Hawaii in Kapa'a Wednesday afternoon.

Joshua Carlsen of Kapa'a, was arrested Tuesday night for First Degree Robbery and is currently being held in Police Cellblock in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The robbery occurred shortly before 1 p.m. at the Bank of Hawaii on Kuhio Highway, when the man passed a bank teller a note stating that he had a gun and demanded money.  He then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Shortly after the robbery, police received a tip that the suspect may have been seen near Hauaala Road in Kapa'a, but a search turned up no sign of the suspect.

Officers and detectives continued their search into the night, questioning bystanders and residents in the Kapa'a area, when at around 10:30 p.m. two people recognized the suspect shown in the surveillance photos.

Checks were made in the suspect's alleged neighborhood, and Carlsen was located and arrested at his home on Hauaala Road shortly after midnight.

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