Police arrest suspect in Lihue bank robbery

Norman Akana Jr.

Kauai police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for Thursday’s robbery at the First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Lihue.

Norman K. Akana Jr., 42, of Hanapepe, is being held in the police cellblock on suspicion of robbery.

According to police, a man walked into the bank at approximately 10 a.m. and passed a note to the teller stating that he had a gun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Following the robbery, police shared surveillance photos and a description of the man, which helped police identify the suspect as Akana.

Akana was located at a residence in Niumalu at approximately 8:20 p.m. and remains in police custody. Bail has not yet been set as the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police dispatch at 241-1711. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.

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