A 19-year-old mastermind of armed robberies at a recycling center and three Oahu banks used part of the nearly $41,000 stolen on dental work, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court.
Marcus Kalani Watson, also known as Kiki Seui, pointed a pistol at the chest of a Reynolds Recycling worker and threatened to shoot him after the worker threw cash on the ground during the April 22 robbery, court documents show an informant told the FBI.
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Two days later, Watson posted a photo of himself on Facebook holding a large amount of cash, the FBI said.
The worker "was the one acting tough," Watson told the informant, according to the FBI. "He almost got shot right in the chest. ... I cocked the gun. I aimed it right at him."
Watson also is accused of holding up tellers at the Wahiawa branch of Central Pacific Bank and the Pearlridge and Salt Lake branches of American Savings Bank in May. The FBI said Rogussia Eddie Allen Danielson, 19, was involved in the American Savings Bank robberies, while AJ Williander, 18, was the getaway driver in the Pearlridge branch robbery.
Watson's federal public defender, Salina Althof, and Williander's attorney, Andrew Park, declined to comment. Danielson's attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday.
The informant, who passed a lie-detector test, told agents Watson used some of the stolen money to buy an old $2,000 Lexus and get dental work. The officer manager of a Honolulu dental office told agents that on May 8, Watson paid $2,810 in cash for a root canal.
Watson was arrested Tuesday at the Honolulu International Airport after getting off a flight from Oakland, California, Honolulu police and the FBI said. Williander, who was at the airport to pick up Watson, also was arrested, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Danielson was arrested at his home.
Watson appeared in court Wednesday morning. A judge appointed the federal public defender's office to represent him and set a detention hearing for next week.
Williander and Danielson were scheduled to make initial appearances on bank robbery charges later Wednesday in federal court in Honolulu.
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