Honolulu police looking for suspect in attempted kidnapping

Honolulu Police Sgt. Kim Buffett
Honolulu Police Sgt. Kim Buffett

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mom reportedly rescued her children from a kidnapper in Waipahu on Monday.

According to police, a seven-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother were picked up outside Honowai Elementary School Monday afternoon by a man who claimed to be a friend of their mom.

Honolulu Police Sgt. Kim Buffett said the children walk home from school, and usually arrive by a certain time. The mother became concerned when they didn't come home on time.

"She got nervous, jumped in her vehicle, drove to the school, which is right around the corner, and observed her daughter talking to a male in the car," Buffett said. "(She) didn't recognize the male, didn't recognize the vehicle."

The woman then saw the children get into the man's car.

"Apparently what the man did was he told the children that the mother was sick and he was there to pick them up," Buffett said. She added that the mother happened to have a medical condition. "It probably was a crime of opportunity."

The mother than pursued the suspect's car.

"She was able to pull in front of his car, got out, exchanged words with him, and the children got out of the car and came to her safely, uninjured," Buffett said. Then man then reversed his car and sped away.

The man was described as a Asian/Caucasian male in his 30s or 40s. He was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Passat, either black or dark blue.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police.

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