Sketch, description released in connection with attempted Ewa kidnappings

Third attempted abduction of elementary school student in three school days
Police sketch of suspect in September 22 incident
Police sketch of suspect in September 22 incident
Police sketch of suspect's tattoo
Police sketch of suspect's tattoo

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update: Thursday 4 pm]

On September 18, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a juvenile female and her younger brother were walking home on Keaunui Drive when a white paneled van drove by. The passenger yelled out of his window, “get in the van,” and continued driving toward Fort Weaver Road. At no time did the van stop.

Police released the following description of the suspect:

  • Race: Filipino
  • Age: 40s
  • Facial: Mustache
  • Clothing: Long sleeve neon green shirt

On September 22, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a juvenile female was walking home on Holopapa Street at the intersection of Leleoi Street when an unknown male called out her name that was written on her backpack. The male asked the girl to come with him to a grassy area nearby. She refused and the male yelled, “you better come with me now or I am going to kill you.” She fled and reported the incident.

Police released the following description of the suspect:

  • Race: Filipino
  • Age: Mid 20s
  • Height: 6'0”
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Hair: Shaved with bright red mohawk|
  • Clothing: Gray tank top, blue shorts, and white Jordan slippers
  • Tattoos: Green tattoo across forehead, tribal tattoo on left arm

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on your cellular phone.

[Original story posted below]

Hawaii News Now has learned that Honolulu Police are investigating a third 'stranger danger' case near an elementary school.

In every case, the school sent a note to parents immediately.

The first case happened last Thursday. Students at Keoneula Elementary School were walking near the Safeway in Ewa, when a man tried to lure them into a white van.

The second case happened last Friday, near Waipahu Elementary School. A man in a black car also tried to lure a girl walking to school on Waikele Road.

And the third incident was Monday. A Holomua Elementary student was walking home near the Alii Cove neighborhood in Ewa when a suspicious man walked up to her.

In every case, the schools say the students responded by ignoring and telling either a school administrator or a parent.

"I'm just so happy she made the right choices and she came directly to us," says Lisa Ynigues, the Principal at Waipahu Elementary School.

The incidents are prompting schools and parents to review 'stranger danger' warnings.

Ynigues says teachers were reminded to discuss the issue with classes.

"My husband and I work early in the morning, so we tell her to leave at 7 o'clock in the morning, no earlier, just to be safe and walk with a group of kids," says Trish Boucher, who has a 10-year old attending Keoneula Elementary.

"I don't like to freak them out too much," says Sabrina Guanio, who has a 6-year old and a 9-year old attending the same school. She tells them there is no reason for someone they don't know to pick them up.

Honolulu Police officers in marked and unmarked cars were patrolling the schools Wednesday. HPD says they have told officers to be aware of people around the schools.

Police are investigating to see if the three recent cases are connected.

Boucher says she got similar notes last year and the year before about a man in a white van near the Ewa Beach School, HPD is looking into that.

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