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Suspect arrested in robbery of 'Lost' actor

Police have arrested the man who allegedly robbed at gunpoint "Lost" TV series actor Josh Holloway and his wife in their home in October.

The suspect, 21-year-old Ruben E. Royce, was already being held on a previous burglary charge at the Oahu Community Correctional Center when he was arrested at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Royce has not yet been charged in the Holloway robbery.

Capt. Frank Fujii, who held a news conference regarding the arrest, could not explain why Royce was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, rather than second-degree. First-degree robbery, a Class A felony, carries a maximum 20-year sentence.



Royce has two prior felony convictions, one for auto theft and one for a parole violation, and he was also convicted of abuse of a household member, Fujii said.

On Oct. 18, police arrested Royce at Keanu Street and 7th Avenue near Aliiolani Elementary School on a warrant and on suspicion of first-degree burglary, in which he allegedly broke into a Waipahu home earlier that week and assaulted his girlfriend. Police shot pepper spray pellets and wooden rounds to subdue him.

Holloway, whose tough-guy character Sawyer on the hit ABC show "Lost" sometimes carries a gun, found himself at the other end of a handgun when the suspect entered the couple's home at 4 a.m. Oct. 12.

Police would not say whether Royce knew he was entering the home of the actor.

Holloway told "Entertainment Tonight": "When someone has a gun in your face, don't give them any reason to pull the trigger. That's it, there's nothing you can do. If someone is pointing a 9 mm at me, I'm not moving.

"I just covered my wife and protected her, and that was it. And off he went," Holloway said.

Court records in a temporary restraining order taken out by Royce's mother show that his parents live near the Holloways in Hawaii Kai.

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