Man sentenced for robbing two banks in two days


A man who robbed two banks in two days was sentenced Wednesday.

Mitchum L. Pastor, 52, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for robbing a First Hawaiian Bank branch and Hawaii State Federal Credit Union.

As part of his sentence, Pastor must pay $320 in restitution, and serve three years of supervised release following his incarceration.

According to court documents and information presented in court, on April 12, 2018, Pastor entered First Hawaiian Bank on Beretania Street, told the teller he had a weapon, and demanded money. He received $320 in cash and fled on foot. The incident was captured on bank surveillance.

The next day, Pastor entered Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, demanded money from the teller, and stated he had a gun as he reached into his back pocket. The teller placed $2,000 in cash in a bank envelope and handed it to Pastor. Pastor again fled the scene.

Shortly thereafter, Honolulu Police Department officers identified Pastor from First Hawaiian Bank surveillance footage and arrested him. At the time of his arrest, he was found in possession of $2,000 in cash.

Pastor has two previous felony bank robbery convictions in two entirely separate cases. In 1993, Pastor received a prison sentence of 12 years for one bank robbery. In 2005, approximately a week after Pastor completed that prison sentence and while he was on supervised release, Pastor committed another bank robbery. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 10 years.

In addition, Pastor has two prior New York state robbery convictions.

The case was investigated by the Honolulu Police Department and the FBI, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara D. Ayabe.

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