Friday, February 12, 1999

Man jailed
in robbery case
found hanged

The Kalihi man was
one of four charged in an
attack and shooting

By Jaymes K. Song


A 25-year-old man, one of four suspects charged in last month's Wahiawa convenience store robbery, was found dead in his prison cell yesterday.

Farrington Governor Santos, 25, was found hanged in his cell at the Oahu Community Correctional Center at 3:57 p.m., police officials said.

He was found by another inmate, who went to check on Santos because he did not show up for kitchen duty that day, police said. Santos apparently used a bedsheet to hang himself.

Police homicide detectives as well as prison officials will be investigating the death.

Santos, of Kalihi, was one of four men charged in connection with the armed robbery attempt at California Market on Jan. 8.

He had pleaded not guilty in Circuit Court and was awaiting trial for the week of April 5. He had been held on $300,000 bail.

In the robbery attempt, a gunman entered the market about 5:50 p.m. and demanded money from owner Paul Fithian, 53. The two struggled, and though Fithian said the gunman twice pulled the trigger, the gun did not go off.

But Fithian's wife, Pok Cha Fithian, 46, was shot in the face when she entered the market, police said. She was taken to Queen's Hospital and has since been released.

The alleged gunman, Tomas Quintares, 20, of Kahuku has pleaded not guilty to his charges: one count of first-degree and two counts of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and firearms violations.

He was being held on $500,000 bail; his trial was set for March 29.

Roland Ragasa, 32, of Pearl City and Damien Kaahu, 26, of Hauula were charged with first-degree robbery in the incident. Their trials are expected in April.

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