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Hearing-impaired man arraigned on kidnapping, attempted sex assault charges

Ferdinand Bermejo is accused of kidnapping a woman and trying to sexually assault her on Punahou Street Ferdinand Bermejo is accused of kidnapping a woman and trying to sexually assault her on Punahou Street

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A February trial date has been set for a man accused of kidnapping a woman and trying to sexually assault her on Punahou Street earlier this month.

Ferdinand Bermejo, who is hearing-impaired, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Honolulu Circuit Court Tuesday with the help of two sign language interpreters.

Investigators say three bystanders rushed to the woman's aid after hearing her screams, tackled the suspect and held him until police arrived.

The defendant remains in custody, unable to post $100,000 bail.

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