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DNA on mask leads to suspect's arrest


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POSTED: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Police said they identified one of two masked gunmen who robbed a Keeaumoku Street bar from DNA on a mask left outside the bar and have identified an accomplice, apparently with the help of the second gunmen.

Bronson McShane is facing robbery and firearm charges in federal court in connection with the Nov. 10 armed robbery of Leilani Lounge.

When he was charged in December, police said, they found his DNA on a mask one of the robbers left at the scene. McShane has theft and auto theft convictions in state court.

A new indictment unsealed Friday in federal court identifies Aaron K. Malama as a co-conspirator in the robbery. The indictment identifies the second gunman in the robbery as an un-indicted co-defendant.

Police said the two robbers hit and pulled the hair of the owner when she did not give them the key to the cash register. They then left the bar with the register.