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Wanted Wednesday Update: Willa Fuentes

UPDATE: Willa Fuentes turned herself in at the Pearl City station on Nov. 10 for her $50,000 warrant.


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - She's accused of driving the getaway car during a purse snatching in Waikiki. Police eventually caught Willa Fuentes after that crime. But now they need your help finding her again.

On November 29, 2009, a 27-year-old Japanese tourist was walking in Waikiki just after one o'clock in the afternoon. A woman cut the strap on the visitor's purse, and ran into a waiting gold Nissan being driven by another female.

"As she got to the car, the female slammed the victim's arm in the door trying to get her out of the car," said Kim Buffett of the CrimeStoppers. "A struggle ensued, but the victim was able to retrieve her purse."

Witnesses got the license plate number and provided descriptions of both women in the getaway car.

"When they called the police, the police recognized the license number and the description as two females they had contact with earlier in the week," said Buffett.

Police located the driver – Willa Fuentes – three weeks later at a home on Kilaha Street. Officers arrested her for 2nd degree robbery. She failed to show up for the start of her trial, and now she's wanted for a $50,000 contempt warrant.

"She's known to frequent the Ewa Beach area," said Buffett.

Fuentes is described as 5'4", 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The 34-year-old has been arrested before, but has no prior convictions. Helping police catch her could earn you a reward of up to $1,000.

Willa Fuentes is this week's Wanted Wednesday fugitive.

 

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