HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused of snatching a four-year-old girl from right outside her Ewa Beach home Monday has a four-year-old daughter of his own.
Ian Coen, 37, is charged with felony kidnapping and made his initial appearance at Honolulu District Court Thursday. He remains in custody, unable to post $100,000.
The suspect's girlfriend and her family were in the gallery for the brief court hearing. Christine Kaaiai says she and Coen have a four-year-old daughter, Megan.
"He's a very loving, caring dad," Kaaiai said.
But now the 37-year-old is in custody, accused of kidnapping a girl who's the same age as his own daughter.
"He would never hurt a child at all," Kaaiai said. "So where these allegations are coming from, like I said, we continue to keep it in our prayers. The truth will be revealed."
Investigators say the alleged victim was playing with her brother in the backyard of their Makule Road home, when the suspect reached over the chain-link fence and grabbed her. A family friend told police he spotted the suspect and the child at a 7-Eleven store nearby.
"He backed up into the car over there where he tripped and fell down," Puna Timas, family friend, said Tuesday about his efforts to detain the suspect. "So I grabbed him and waited for the cops to come by."
"We heard that the police were called because of an assault that was happening," Kaaiai said. "He was being held down by his neck, being choked."
Kaaiai says Coen -- who has prior convictions for DUI, harassment and property damage -- may have snatched the girl by mistake.
"From what we heard, this child does look like our four-year-old daughter," she said. "Yes, so that's a possible scenario there."
But why would a doting father mistake another child for his own?
"We're trying to put pieces together ourselves on our end, as far as us and his family," Kaaiai said.
A preliminary hearing is set for Monday.