Two Maui Men Charged with Attempted Kidnapping in Kīhei

September 20, 2017, 11:59 AM HST · Updated September 20, 1:03 PM
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Edward Martin. MPD photo.

Two Maui men have been arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping attempt in Kīhei.

Around 7:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, a resource officer at Lokelani Intermediate School received a report that two female students were walking down Ali‘ilani Place in Kīhei to a bus stop on their way to school when they were approached by a black Mercedes sedan.

Two males inside the Mercedes allegedly made repeated attempts to lure the girls into the sedan.

The girls refused and the vehicle drove off.

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The school resource officer, with the assistance of Juvenile Crime Prevention Division investigators, later located the vehicle on South Kīhei Road.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as a 45-year-old male from Kīhei, was arrested for the offense of Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree. He was released pending further investigation.

The passenger of the vehicle, 39-year-old Edward James Martin of Kīhei, was later located and arrested and charged for the offense of Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree. His bail was set at $40,000.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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