Major fugitive from Hawaii arrested in Texas

Joseph Faauga Vaimili
Joseph Faauga Vaimili

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested a wanted Hawaii fugitive in Texas Tuesday.

29-year-old Joseph Faauga Vaimili of Waipahu was found at a home in Houston, Texas.

Vaimili, a convicted felon, was wanted by the State of Hawaii for felony offenses for two counts of kidnapping, carrying or use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, promoting prostitution in the first degree, and terroristic threatening in the first degree.

The Marshals Service says Vaimili was originally arrested in March 2009, two days before he was scheduled to appear for trial in July 2010 he fled Hawaii and has been on the run since.

The Honolulu Prosecutor's Office sought the assistance of the Hawaii Fugitive Task Force in locating and arresting Vaimili to be brought back to Hawaii. Through the joint law enforcement efforts of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force to include the Hawaii State Sheriff's Office, Honolulu Police Department, and the Honolulu Prosecutor's Office; Marshals and Task Force Officers tracked Vaimili to the States of Nevada, California, and finally to Texas.

After conducting early morning surveillance, Marshals in Houston tracked Vaimili to a Houston residence where he was subsequently arrested without incident.

Vaimili is currently being held at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas pending extradition back to Hawaii.

Vaimili faces 40 to 50 years in prison on all charges.

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