Police charge suspect in Kealakekua bank robbery


Hawaii Island police have charged a man who was arrested in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday, Jan. 3, in West Hawaii.

Russell Monlux, 30, of Hilo was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and second-degree terroristic threatening Friday. His bail was set at $37,000.

He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9)

Thanks to a tip from the public, Monlux was identified a suspect in the robbery of the American Savings Bank branch in Kealakekua, Kona.

The robbery occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say Monlux entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. He was seen walking north along Highway 11 with an undisclosed amount of money.

Monlux has no permanent address but is known to frequent both East and West Hawaii.

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