A brazen robbery at a Waipahu shopping center ended with an arrest Saturday morning.
Lindsey Furtado, 26, was charged with robbery and unauthorized entry into a home.
Honolulu police nabbed Furtado less than half-a-mile away after police got the call.
“‘Cause when we came outside, we saw cops all over the place. On foot, out on the sidewalk. I’m like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ So we were asking the cops,” said Waipahu resident Winnie Dela Cruz.
“Officers were hot on the investigation, pursuing the leads. Was able to locate him within the apartment,” said Maj. Lester Hite of the Honolulu Police Department.
Police say Furtado forced his way into an apartment unit on Kahuamoku Place. He was arrested for first-degree robbery and unauthorized entry of a dwelling.
As for the investigation, police are looking into the possibility that Furtado may be responsible for other robberies.
“We’re following up on our other investigations, recent investigations, on food establishments. And part of the investigation will be, ‘Is he our person who has committed some of these other food robberies?'” Maj. Hite said.
Friends of the suspect say he would often sleep at Waipahu District Park. He would also ask them for food and money.
“Are you surprised by this arrest?” KHON2 asked.
“Oh yeah, I’m surprised. I would never have thought was him. I was just with him. I bought him Jack in the Box. I got him food. He was really hungry,” said Christine Nahoopii-Kaauwai, who is a friend of the suspect.
Nahoopii-Kaauwai says although Furtado was struggling to get by, she doesn’t believe he’s responsible for the crime.
“I know for a fact that he has a big heart and he would never do what everybody is saying that he does,” Nahoopii-Kaauwai said.
“Does it seem weird that he would do something like this?” KHON2 asked.
“It is. ‘Cause everybody’s like helping out. We’re all helping each other out,” Dela Cruz said.
Police are still looking for the suspects in other robberies on Oahu. In those cases, convenience stores and banks were hit.
Anyone with information about those cases is asked to call police.