Feds take over Kapaa bank case

LIHUE — A case involving two men who allegedly robbed a Kapaa bank on New Year’s Eve has been transferred over to the federal government.

Brandon Lee Hartberg, 27, is charged with armed bank robbery for allegedly entering the Bank of Hawaii in Kapaa on New Year’s Eve with a rifle and demanding money from a teller.

The three-page indictment, filed April 6, states that in count one Hartberg “put in jeopardy the lives of victim tellers and others by using a long barreled gun” the day he walked into the bank.

In count 2, the grand jury charged Matthew Akihiko Rose, 26, as an accessory after the fact for allegedly receiving, relieving, comforting, and assisting the offender, Hartberg.

After the teller gave him $1,000 in marked bills, Hartberg is alleged to have run out the front door and away from the bank to where Rose was waiting in a car nearby, according to court testimony.

Rose was released to the Sand Island Treatment Center on a $25,000 bond on Apr. 22 after he agreed to give up his passport and comply with conditions set before him, records showed.

His travel is restricted to Oahu, according to court records. Hartberg was detained without bail.

The two are set to go to trial on June 14 before Judge Helen Gillmor.

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