Authorities arrested Tuesday three Aiea men wanted in connection with various armed robberies on Oahu.
The FBI released the warrants for arrest for three suspects: Marcus Kalani Watson, 19, Rojussia Eddie Allen Danielson, 19, and A.J. Williander, 18.
Authorities say Watson was arrested at Honolulu International Airport at around noon, as he was getting off a plane from Oakland where he was reportedly visiting family. Unbeknownst to him, FBI special agents were on the flight and surveilling him. He was arrested upon landing.
“We all go through TSA and we all are searched for having any weapons. We knew that he was coming here to the islands and we wanted to make sure that we were progressing with the investigation and we were able to apprehend him,” said Vida Bottom, FBI special agent in charge.
Williander was also arrested at the airport as he arrived to pick up Watson.
Shortly after that, more officers and agents were at Halawa housing, where Danielson was arrested while he was sitting in his car in the parking lot. All three arrests occurred without incident.
“Solving these robberies was a particular priority for the FBI and the Honolulu Police Department because of the escalated level of threatened violence involved,” Bottom said.
“Honolulu is definitely safer now that these three suspects are in custody,” said Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha.
According to court documents, a confidential source disclosed the identities of Watson, Danielson and Williander and their associations with the crimes.
Court documents claim the following:
April 22, 2014: Watson allegedly robbed the Reynolds Recycling Center in Salt Lake.
At 9:35 a.m., the suspect walked in wearing a black ski mask and light brown hooded jacket, brandished a semi-automatic pistol and fled with $585.26.
The confidential source said Watson described what employees said and did during the robbery, including throwing money on the ground. Those details matched employee accounts.
Two days later, authorities say Watson posted a photograph of himself on Facebook holding a large amount of cash.
May 1, 2014: Watson allegedly robbed the Central Pacific Bank branch in Wahiawa.
At 10:05 a.m., the suspect walked in with a dark jacket, hoodie, ski mask and a black backpack, brandished a handgun and fled with $6,911.
According to the confidential source, Watson said he called TheBus to find out when it would be stopping near the Wahiawa library. Surveillance video showed him boarding the bus minutes after the robbery, carrying a black backpack. Per the source, Watson said he threw some clothes he wore during the robbery into a trash can by Long’s Drugs before boarding the bus.
After the robbery, the confidential source said Watson purchased an old white Lexus for $2,000 and spent $3,000 on dental work. The dental service confirmed Watson paid $2,810 in cash for a root canal and crown.
May 13, 2014: Watson and Danielson allegedly robbed the American Savings Bank in Salt Lake.
At 10:27 a.m., two men entered the bank. One stood guard at the front door while the other demanded money from four tellers. Both fled with $21,720.93.
According to the confidential source, Watson recruited Danielson for the heist, but was the mastermind. The source said Danielson parked the white Lexus a block away from the bank as the getaway car. A similar car was seen on surveillance footage driving in the area at the time of the robbery.
Per the source, Watson said he and Danielson had to run up a hill and through a hole in a fence to reach the car.
May 30, 2014: Watson and Danielson allegedly robbed the American Savings Bank in Aiea with Williander accused of being the getaway driver.
At 10 a.m., two men brandished handguns, demanded money and fled with $11,569.
According to the confidential source, Watson said he and Danielson both ran to a nearby canal and had to scale a wall before getting picked up by Williander.
Evidence recovered near a nearby canal included four gloves. DNA from one of the gloves was a positive match for Danielson.
Danielson later posted a photo on Facebook holding large amounts of money.
On June 2, authorities say Watson flew to Oakland, Calif. Per the confidential source, Watson said he planned to stay with his mother and brother and was planning on doing another robbery.
He was arrested on June 8, in Vallejo, Calif. on an outstanding warrant.
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