Robbery suspect enters no contest plea in agreement

WAILUKU – A suspect in a robbery attempt at Minit Stop in Wailuku pleaded no contest to charges Tuesday, as part of a plea agreement recommending probation.

Joyner Recheungel, 25, of Kahului is the second defendant to plead no contest in connection with the July 24 incident.

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

Police apprehended the men nearby after they ran 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, Stanceford Kaina Jr., 23, was arrested when he was stopped and ticketed for speeding on Honoapiilani Highway in Maalaea, police said. He was identified as the lookout and getaway driver.

In 2nd Circuit Court Tuesday, Recheungel pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree robbery, as well as three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

As part of a plea agreement, the defense and prosecution are recommending four years’ probation for Recheungel, who also faces up to 18 months in jail on the robbery charge. He agreed to participate in a substance abuse assessment and complete any recommended treatment. Recheungel agreed not to consume alcohol and to stay away from all Minit Stop stores in the state.

Recheungel is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 17.

Kaina is awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of first-degree attempted theft.

Both Kaina and Recheungel are being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center in lieu of $65,000 bail each.

Sombelon, 24, of Wailuku, who posted bail after being arrested, is to be arraigned Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court.