Exclusive: Officers Take Down Suspected Internet Predator in Front of Main Police Station - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Exclusive: Officers Take Down Suspected Internet Predator in Front of Main Police Station

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's probably not a good idea to do anything bad right in front of a police station. But an electronic enticement suspect is accused of doing just that.

Elaine Chan's daily routine receives a jolt, when plain-clothes officers pounce on a man right outside her workplace.

"I feel scared," she said. "I saw about six or seven police, all the regular shirts, and then I saw the gun."

Police handcuff a 23-year-old man suspected of being an internet predator. Sources say Eric Shiroma went online and arranged to meet two 13-year-old girls for sex.

"Oh, not good that guy, yeah," Chan said. "Not good for the young, yeah. I get a daughter, too. I scared."

Investigators say the Mililani resident was actually chatting online with an undercover agent. Officers were waiting, when Shiroma pulled up in his car at the meeting place.

"They catch him like that, and then they put the (handcuffs)," Chan said, while demonstrating what she saw. "And then like that."

Officers didn't have to go far to make the arrest. The meeting place, Tai Sei Ramen, is across the street from Honolulu police headquarters.

"Nothing happen over here, yeah," Chan said about the restaurant's location. "Because close to the police station, yeah, more safe over here."

"First time (something like this has happened)?" this reporter asked.

"Yeah, first time, first time," she replied.

Shiroma was booked on suspicion of two counts of electronic enticement. He's awaiting charges.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

    Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:51:56 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:45:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Babies do not care about Senate decorum. But in a bow to working p...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Babies do not care about Senate decorum. But in a bow to working p...

    Prompted by the first sitting senator with a newborn, the Senate has decided to allow the babies of its members into the chamber, but not before some coaxing.

    More >>

    Prompted by the first sitting senator with a newborn, the Senate has decided to allow the babies of its members into the chamber, but not before some coaxing.

    More >>
  • Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

    Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:11:58 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:44:31 GMT
    Miguel Diaz-Canal is the first person not named Castro to lead Cuba in 50 years. (Source: CNN)Miguel Diaz-Canal is the first person not named Castro to lead Cuba in 50 years. (Source: CNN)

    Raul Castro's departure from the presidency is a symbolically charged moment for a country that has been under the absolute rule of one family since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.

    More >>

    Raul Castro's departure from the presidency is a symbolically charged moment for a country that has been under the absolute rule of one family since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.

    More >>
  • Prosecutor: Prince thought he was taking common painkiller

    Prosecutor: Prince thought he was taking common painkiller

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:42:26 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:43:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    More >>

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly