HPD investigating three sex assaults in three weeks

HPD investigating three sex assaults in three weeks
Sgt. Kim Buffett
Sgt. Kim Buffett

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu CrimeStoppers is asking for the public's help in solving three different sex assault cases that happened in each of the last three weeks.

The latest report came from a woman in her 20s who lives in an apartment on Aala Street. She told police that at 4 a.m. Thursday, a man entered her apartment through a locked sliding door and then attacked her.

"She awoke to him sexually assaulting her," said Honolulu police Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.

HPD has opened a first-degree sex assault case, the most severe count of its kind under Hawaii law, meaning that police believe the woman was raped.

Even scarier, Buffett said the woman had done things that were supposed to keep her safe. "She did all the right precautions. She locked the door. But maybe as a precautionary thing, double lock. Get double locks for the sliding door. Put a stick in the slider part where they can't open the door."

The suspect in the Aala Street case is described as a Polynesian man in his 30s, five feet, ten inches call and 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police are also looking for a suspect in an unrelated sex attack near a Makiki intersection last week Thursday.

"A female riding a bicycle in the Keeaumoku/Wilder area at 3 a.m. was pushed off of her bike and an attempted sex assault occurred," said Buffett. "The male did flee, so there was no sex assault in that case."

The suspect here was described as a Caucasian in his 20s, about five-seven, 175 pounds with wavy brown shoulder-length hair.

The week before that, on May 28, a woman said she was attacked as she entered her apartment on Ahana Street, also in the Keeaumoku area. This suspect, a large Polynesian man, is also wanted for first-degree sex assault and kidnapping.

Buffett noted that the cases have come close together. "I haven't put out this many in a long time, back to back."

Anyone with information on any of the cases is being asked to call Honolulu CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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