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Suspected Big Island "Peeping Tom" Makes Court Appearance

Faavae Tuinei Faavae Tuinei
Tuinei, in orange jumpsuit, in court Tuinei, in orange jumpsuit, in court
Big Island Detective Grant Todd Big Island Detective Grant Todd

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hilo teenager and young woman who were spied upon while using the restroom faced the alleged Peeping Tom in court Thursday.

The women were in court today to testify at the preliminary hearing for 35 year old Faavae Tuinei.

Tuinei is charged with two counts of invasion of privacy. The alleged incidents happened Saturday. First at about 6 p.m., a woman attending a volleyball tournament at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium was using the restroom when she saw someone in the next stall pointing a cell phone camera at her.

Less than half an hour later the same thing happened to a 13-year-old-girl while she was using the bathroom at a Hilo shopping center.

The girl's uncle and two other men caught tuinei as he fled the sceen and roughed him up.

Police confiscated the phone and say it contains a video clip that clearly shows Tuinei.

"And then the phone goes (under) what appears to be the partition for bathroom stall separation and you can see a side of a toilet and then you see a female party pulling down her shorts and underwear and sitting down on the toilet," said Big Island Detective Grant Todd.

Both of Tuinei's alleged victims testified at this afternoon's hearing and district court Judge Barbara Takase heard enough evidence against Tuinei to hold him over for trial.

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