Missing woman’s ex to be held at least 45 days

Lonnell Reginald Wideman
Lonnell Reginald Wideman

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lonnell Reginald Wideman, ex-husband of missing Waipahu woman Loida Gabon Wideman, will spend at least 45 more days incarcerated at the Oahu Community Correctional Center before the parole board will consider releasing him for alleged parole violations.

Loida Gabon Wideman, a mother of three living in Waipahu, has been missing since the evening of Sunday, May 13. Police have said Lonnell Wideman is not a suspect in the case, but five days after she vanished he was arrested for violating conditions of his parole for conviction on a 1985 attempted murder charge.

Court records show Lonnell Wideman has six prior convictions. They include convictions for possession of a switchblade and second degree robbery in 1986, harassment in 1999, and kidnapping, burglary, and attempted murder in 1988. The 1988 convictions stem from a 1985 incident at an apartment on South King Street.

"It appears that he went to a young (24 year old) woman's apartment, knocked on the door. When the young woman answered he forced his way in. I believe he had a knife. A struggle ensued. She was able to get away. I believe she was injured in the struggle," said Tommy Johnson, Paroles and Pardons Administrator for the Hawaii Paroling Authority.

On February 25, 1988 Wideman was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for his conviction on the 1985 attempted murder charge. A short time later the Paroling Authority set his minimum sentence at 12 years.

Wideman was set free on parole on October 28, 1997. He stayed out of trouble with the law for almost ten years, but on October 4, 2007 he was sent back to prison for violating parole by going to the Philippines without permission from his parole officer. On January 26, 2010 he was freed on parole again.

In July 2011 a Makakilo woman accused Wideman of sexual assault, but she did not press charges. She did, however, secure a temporary restraining order against Wideman. Johnson said the terms of Wideman's parole mandate he report the TRO to his parole officer. He did not.

And Johnson said Wideman was supposed to inform his parole officer when Honolulu police questioned him about Loida Gabon Wideman's disappearance last week. He did not.

Johnson said Wideman's failure to inform his parole officer in each case constituted a violation of his parole. Wideman was arrested at his home in Kapolei shortly after 2 pm Friday, May 18.

Johnson said the parole board must hold a hearing within 45 and 60 days on Wideman's case. The board could set him free again or keep him incarcerated because of his recurring parole violations.