Suspect arrested after attempted sex assault of child at Hilo School

Samson Moses Kahumoku
Samson Moses Kahumoku
Randy Medeiros
Randy Medeiros

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police arrested a man they say tried to kidnap and sexually assault a young girl in a bathroom at Hilo Union Elementary school Tuesday morning.

Police say 35-year-old Samson Moses Kahumoku was arrested at 9:50 a.m. on suspicion of fourth-degree sexual assault, attempted kidnapping and attempted first-degree sexual assault.

He was picked up on Aupuni Street in Hilo without incident.

Kahumoku has many aliases and a long rap sheet including Burglary, Theft and Assault.

Police say the child managed to escape Kahumoku who then took off on Kapiolani Street heading in the direction of Haili Street around 6:30 a.m.

Hilo Union Elementary School sent out a letter to parents telling them what happened on Tuesday morning. Click here to read it.

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