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New Video: More Details Surface in Nākālele Kidnapping Investigation

Wendy Osher · March 20, 2017, 3:40 PM HST (Updated March 20, 2017, 4:08 PM) · 36 Comments
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    Maui police today issued new video of surveillance imagery from a reported kidnapping and robbery investigation involving a California couple who was reportedly held captive and robbed at gunpoint last week.

    The new video is from surveillance at the Maui Lani Longs Drug Store in Wailuku.  The imagery shows a female suspect who police describe as in her 20’s, 5’5” tall, approximately 120-130 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.  The video also shows a tattoo of unknown letters on the female’s right thigh.

    She is one of two suspects being sought in connection with the crime.  An unknown male individual, possibly in his 30’s, standing 5’10” to 5’11” tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds with short dark hair is also being sought by Maui police.

    The investigation stems from a report on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in which the California couple, a 25-year old male and his 25-year old fiancée, reported that they were held at gun point at Nākālele Point and had personal belongings stolen from them, valued at more than $9,400.  The new video states that the offenders were wearing masks and that the male offender brandished firearms and robbed the couple at gunpoint.

    Police say the unknown offenders then proceeded to unlawfully enter the couple’s rental vehicle and steal more items.  Police say the California visitors were separated with the male visitor going with the male offender within an older model silver Chevy SUV; and the visiting female forced to go with the female offender within the rental vehicle.

    Police say the visitors were driven to various areas in Wailuku and possibly Kahului.  Police say the male offender did not enter any of the locations, but the female offender was observed on surveillance in Wailuku.

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    While in Wailuku the couple was driven to Long Drugs Maui Lani and made to purchase cash cards totaling $1,300 in value, according to Maui police.

    The couple told authorities that they did not attempt to escape their captors due to fear for their safety, as their lives were threatened several times if they were to contact police.

    Police say the couple was later released uninjured by their captors, with their rental vehicle, at an unknown location. Upon returning to their hotel they contacted police.

    The unknown offenders are currently at large and wanted for committing the offenses of first degree Robbery, first degree Unauthorized Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Kidnapping.

    Checks made at Maui Lani Longs revealed video surveillance footage of the victims with an unknown female within the store. The victims identified the unknown female as one of the offenders that held them captive.

    *The above information was provided by authorities and individuals are considered innocent unless and until they are proven guilty.

    New surveillance imagery from Maui Lani Longs Drug Store in Wailuku. VC/PC: Maui Police.

    New surveillance imagery from Maui Lani Longs Drug Store in Wailuku. VC/PC: Maui Police.

    New surveillance imagery from Maui Lani Longs Drug Store in Wailuku. VC/PC: Maui Police.

    New surveillance imagery from Maui Lani Longs Drug Store in Wailuku. VC/PC: Maui Police.

    New surveillance imagery from Maui Lani Longs Drug Store in Wailuku. VC/PC: Maui Police.

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 15 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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