Sketch from the December 1 sex assault and Asofitu Fio mugshot
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Suspected serial rapist, Asofitu Fio, appeared in District Court Monday morning -- though he's only been arrested for one alleged incident.
Honolulu Police Department officials say "everything indicates" Fio is the serial rapist they've been looking for, but their investigation is ongoing to "prove it".
The 30-year-old briefly appeared in court Monday, as a judge confirmed his $1 million bail and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Wednesday.
Fio was taken into custody Friday night.
"He's under arrest for 3 counts of sex assault first, one count of sex assault third, burglary and kidnapping," explained Maj. Richard Robinson, of HPD's Criminal Investigation Division during a press conference on Saturday.
According to HPD, Fio was picked up during surveillance in the Kaheka area.
Police Chief Louis Kealoha the search for the suspect was one of the largest operations the department has conducted.
"It involved more than 60 officers and over 1,000 staffing hours. Officers from patrol, the criminal investigation division and other investigative units canvassed neighborhoods, checked databases, re-interviewed witnesses, reviewed old reports for similarities and ran surveillance operations," described Chief Kealoha.
According to police, Fio was approached by officers because he matched the description and composite sketches provided by witnesses.
"We were able to obtain a DNA sample from him and that was a match to DNA recovered from the crime scene," explained Maj. Robinson, referring to a December 1 sexual assault, in which Fio is accused of forcing his way into a woman's Cedar Street apartment in the middle of the day.
"I certainly haven't seen anything on the record accusing him of anything other than the allegations that we're currently facing," said Fio's attorney, Don Wilkerson.
Police say they believe Fio is also responsible for two other sexual assaults. The first in May, on Ahana street. Police say he forced his way into the woman's apartment about 10:30 in the morning -- hit her, then raped her. Two weeks later, on June 13, there was another attack on A'ala Street. Police say he broke into the apartment through the sliding glass door.
"He's going to be charged with one, one case, not three. If HPD is investigating other cases, I'm not aware of that. They certainly haven't contacted me about it," Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson says Fio plans to plead not guilty.
Records indicate Fio has one prior arrest for disorderly conduct after allegedly speeding.