O‘ahu Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Bank Robbery Charges
An O‘ahu man pleaded guilty in federal court to bank robbery charges.
Twenty-three-year-old Micah Roman-Santos appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth J. Mansfield on Thursday and pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery, one count of armed bank robbery, and one count of attempted Hobbs Act robbery.
The charges of bank robbery and Hobbs Act robbery provide for a maximum sentence of 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. The charge of armed bank robbery provides for a maximum sentence of 25 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to five years.
“Roman-Santos callously victimized multiple people and businesses, violently disrupting what should have been an ordinary workday,” said U.S. Attorney Clare E. Connors. “Protecting our community from such violence and threats of violence remains a high priority of the Department of Justice and this office.”
According to information presented in court, Roman-Santos committed a series of robberies in October 2021. On Oct. 1, he robbed a bank in Aiea. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the 23-year-old threatened to shoot the teller and stole $348.
The next day, Roman-Santos attempted to rob a restaurant in Kapolei and threatened to kill the restaurant manager. When the manager refused to give him any money, Roman-Santos punched the manager and fled the restaurant.
On Oct. 4, Roman-Santos robbed a second bank in Waianae. In that robbery, the release states Roman-Santos again threatened to shoot the teller, but also displayed what appeared to be a firearm tucked into his waistband. He stole $900.
On Oct. 7, 2021, Roman-Santos robbed a third bank in Kapolei. During that robbery, Roman-Santos again claimed to have a gun and stole $1,100.
Sentencing is set for January 25, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.