Lookout in Minit Stop robbery takes plea deal

WAILUKU – A man identified as the lookout and getaway driver in a robbery attempt at Minit Stop in Wailuku is agreeing to serve an 18-month jail term under terms of a plea agreement reducing one charge and dismissing others.

Originally charged with first-degree robbery, Stanceford Kaina Jr., 23, of Wailuku pleaded no contest Wednesday to a reduced charge of first-degree attempted theft in connection with the robbery attempt July 24.

At 6:50 a.m. that day, police said co-defendants Joyner Recheungel and Rowan Sombelon wore hooded sweatshirts and masks as they entered the store at Main Street and Central Avenue. Recheungel held what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, and Sombelon had a collapsible baton, police said.

They were apprehended nearby by police after running from the store as police sirens were heard approaching. Police reported recovering the weapons, including the pistol that turned out to be a pellet gun.

Shortly afterward, Kaina was arrested when he was stopped and ticketed for speeding on Honoapiilani Highway in Maalaea, police said.

As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution is dismissing three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening against Kaina. The defense and prosecution are recommending four years’ probation for Kaina, who agreed to the 18-month jail term with the possibility of early release after one year to enter a long-term drug treatment program.

Kaina also agreed not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to stay away from all Minit Stop locations.

Kaina admitted to violating conditions of a deferral he received in a 2011 case in which he was charged with first-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft.

Kaina is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 15.

Cases are pending against Recheungel, 25, of Kahului and Sombelon, 24, of Wailuku.

Kaina is being held in lieu of $65,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@