Suspect allegedly
said he had bomb

Prosecutors say the man
was persistant in a bank robbery

The bank robbery suspect whose getaway included a swim across the Ala Wai Canal on Thursday had badgered a teller to keep giving him more money, federal prosecutors say.

According to a federal affidavit filed yesterday, Mitchum Pastor allegedly passed a handwritten note that said "No tricks" to a teller at the 433 Kapahulu Ave. branch of First Hawaiian Bank. He then said, "I have a gun, give me money and I don't want no dye packs," according to the affidavit based on police accounts.

Bank robbery suspect Mitchum Pastor was arrested Thursday at 312 Ohua St. in Waikiki. He swam across the Ala Wai Canal in an attempt to evade his pursuers.

After the teller complied, Pastor said, "I want more, I have a bomb," the affidavit says. The teller gave about $500 more to Pastor, who then said, "More, I have a bomb," according to the affidavit. The teller again gave Pastor more money from her drawer, it says.

Police said that by then several bank customers were aware that a robbery was occurring and confronted Pastor outside the bank as he attempted to ride off on a bicycle.

Pastor allegedly threatened that he had a gun and would shoot the customers but instead fled on foot across Kapahulu Avenue, the affidavit says.

Pastor ran across the Ala Wai Golf Course, swam across the Ala Wai Canal and hid in a trash bin behind 312 Ohua Ave., where he was caught and arrested by police. In Pastor's right front pants pocket, officers found a total of $2,238, including marked bills from the teller, the affidavit says.

Pastor, 37, was charged with bank robbery yesterday.


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