Bank robbery suspect in custody

Bank robbery suspect Mark Chambers, 50, of Hanalei, turned himself over to police Tuesday night.

He is currently being held at the Kaua‘i Police Department with bail set at $20,000.

After a 10 p.m. discussion with detective Trent Shimabukuro, who is in charge of the investigation, Chambers was arrested for first-degree robbery in connection with Saturday’s incident at the First Hawaiian Bank in Kukui Grove Center.

“Detective Shimabukuro is working with the prosecutor’s office and the FBI to decide what to do next in this case,” said Lt. Daniel Fort of the KPD Investigations Bureau.

Chambers has a previous convinction for bank robbery on his record, stemming from a 1982 incident in Los Angeles, according to digital court documents.

Chambers had six convictions in California between 1979 and 1992 for various crimes. He has four convictions in Hawai‘i, all since 1995, records state.

According to a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, two Kauai Bus drivers were questioned by police on Tuesday because there was “reason to believe that the suspect may have taken a bus to the Kukui Grove Center.”

The drivers were asked to look at a lineup of photographs but were unable to positively identify the suspect, said the spokesperson, who asked not to be named.

“Bus drivers were questioned because we saw a county bus in the surveillance video and we were exploring all leads,” Fort explained.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Craig De Costa, his office was working with the KPD and expected Chambers’ arraignment to be scheduled for either Thursday or Friday.

Although Chambers is the primary suspect, and in custody, the investigation is ongoing as police did not want to rule out the possibility of an accomplice or any other scenarios.

To report additional information about the robbery, call Police Dispatch at 241-1711, detective Trent Shimabukuro at 241-1692 or Crime Stoppers at 241-1887.

• Michael Levine, staff writer, can be reached via e-mail at


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