Alert issued for suspect
in 2001 bank holdup

Federal marshals and Honolulu police are looking for the third of three suspects they believe robbed the Windward Community Federal Credit Union at gunpoint more than three years ago.


Wayne Kalai Miller: Police say the 21-year-old suspect is dangerous and should not be approached

Honolulu police issued a CrimeStoppers alert yesterday for 21-year-old Wayne Kalai Miller. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, police said.

Miller was last seen in Waimanalo.

The credit union's Kailua branch was robbed Dec. 21, 2001, by three men, one armed with a shotgun. All three wore navy blue long-sleeve shirts, navy blue sweat pants, dark gloves and work shoes or boots.

According to an affidavit by Honolulu Detective Herbert Soria, Miller was the only one who was armed. He broke the glass entrance doors and posted himself as lookout while the other two jumped over the counter, yelled demands and grabbed money, the affidavit said.

The robbers fled in a stolen white van, then switched to an older-model dark blue pickup truck in an adjacent parking lot fronting Longs Drugs in Kailua.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, investigators recovered a $20 bill and an unspent shotgun shell in the van. The van's interior and exterior had been sprayed with an oily substance, identified as WD-40 by one of the suspects, to prevent the recovery of fingerprints.

Investigators later connected Miller to the pickup truck, which is registered to a relative.

The two other suspects, Taylor Ikaika Garcia and Gavin Koa, are cooperating with federal law enforcement officials. They identified Miller as the armed robber who stood lookout, according to the complaint.

Less than a month after the robbery, Miller was convicted in state court in a separate case for auto theft, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious injury and carrying a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Soria at 529-3357 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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