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Police searching for multiple suspects in alleged sex assault case

Wahiawa Elementary School Wahiawa Elementary School
Janice Molioo Janice Molioo
Troy Tamura Troy Tamura
Harry Tanioka Harry Tanioka

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are on a manhunt looking for two men, who allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed a Wahiawa Elementary teacher early Monday morning at the school.

Some Wahiawa residents are on edge after hearing about the incident. They tell us it's something that just doesn't happen in their neighborhood.

Wahiawa Elementary was on high watch earlier on Monday, with police patrolling the area, security guards kept a close eye on the campus.

"Everybody was in there saying, make sure nobody comes on campus, they're told not to come on campus, all the parents have to come to the office," Wahiawa Elementary School parent Janice Molioo said. "We just seen helicopters going around and a lot of police officers driving around."

Molioo lives right across the street from Wahiawa Elementary and has a daughter who attends school there.

"My daughter really doesn't have a clue about what's going on, so in a way it's kind of good it didn't stir up the children," she said. "I think they had everything under control, they did what they had to do to handle the situation."

That situation that Molioo is talking about began at around 6:30 a.m. That's when a 59-year-old woman says she was preparing for class.

Two men, who she thought were maintenance workers, entered the classroom and demanded money from her.

She told them she didn't have any and that's when they started to beat and kick her. One of the men held at her at knife-point, sexually assaulted her and then they fled, taking her laptop along with them.

"At no time was our students in any danger and the department is currently working closely with the Honolulu Police Department to work on this investigation," Wahiawa Elementary School principal Troy Tamura said.

The school sent a letter home to parents explaining the situation. Neighbors like Harry Tanioka, who has lived in the area for six decades is shocked after learning about the incident.

"It's a pretty nice place to live, hardly any trouble around here, I didn't notice anything this morning, didn't hear anything strange, it's a pretty quiet neighborhood actually," he said.

The victim was taken to Wahiawa General and was so distraught, she drove herself to Kapiolani Medical Center for treatment. No detailed descriptions of the men were given.

HPD released the following statement:

"Detectives are continuing to investigate an incident involving a DOE employee at Wahiawa Elementary School this morning. The female victim reported being sexually assaulted by two unknown males on campus prior to the start of school. After the assault, the suspects took property and fled the area. Patrol officers and the HPD helicopter searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. No one has been arrested and the motive remains unknown. Detectives have opened sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 529-3115."

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