Friday, January 25, 2002

Marines reportedly
admitted crimes

By Debra Barayuga

Two Kaneohe Marines charged in three armed holdups earlier this month admitted to committing the robberies, Detective Joyce Alapa testified yesterday in District Court.

Antwain Salters and William H. Linwood IV, both 21, confirmed they wore ski masks and carried guns in all three cases.

District Judge Fa'auuga To'oto'o ruled yesterday there was probable cause that they committed the robberies, and sent the cases to Circuit Court. They will be arraigned on Feb. 7.

The two are accused of robbing an employee at Chevron Food Mart at Stadium Mall on Jan. 13.

They are also charged with robbing the 7-Eleven on Farrington Highway in Waipahu and attempting to rob Aaxtion Adult Video on Kapiolani Boulevard -- both on Jan. 18.

A clerk at Chevron, an employee and a customer at 7-Eleven and a clerk at Aaxtion all testified yesterday that two black males wearing ski masks and armed with handguns attempted to rob them of cash in their registers.

The robbers were unsuccessful at Aaxtion Adult Video, where the employee ducked down behind a nearly 5-foot-high counter accessible only through a locked door and refused to give them money.

Linwood was arrested that same day as he returned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. He was driving a car that was registered to Salters.

Police recovered two semiautomatic handguns and a woolen ski mask from the car, according to court documents.

Salters was arrested later that day.

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