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PHOTO: Man Arrested After Attempted Sex Assault at Hilo School

September 20, 2011, 3:55 PM HST
* Updated September 20, 4:48 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Samson Perez, also known as Samson Kahumoku was arrested in Hilo in connection with an alleged attempted sex assault of a child. Police photo.

Hawaii Island police have arrested a 35-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with the attempted kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a female child in a restroom at a Hilo public school this morning (September 20).

Samson Perez, also known as Samson Kahumoku, was located on Aupuni Street in Hilo at 9:50 a.m. and taken into custody without incident.

He was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree sexual assault, attempted kidnapping and attempted first-degree sexual assault.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

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When the incident was reported at around 6:30 a.m., police quickly sought the public’s help, releasing a description of the man and details of the dark red nylon track suit he was wearing.

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The incident occurred near Kapiolani Street, but authorities have not said which school property was involved.

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