Possible attempted kidnapping near Kahaluu Elementary

Possible attempted kidnapping near Kahaluu Elementary

KAHALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There has been yet another report of a child being approached by a stranger, this time in windward Oahu.

However, with so many cases in the news recently, police say it is unclear if it really happened or if it is just a false alarm.

The vice-principal of Kahaluu Elementary School, Carl Okamoto, wouldn't speak to Hawaii News Now on camera, but says they are looking into the child's story.

"They told us that there was somebody I guess trying to pick some kids up down there at the park," said Kealoha Bento.  Bento has two sons who attend the elementary school.

Okamoto didn't indicate the gender or the age of the child, but said the child reported being approached about 15 minutes after school let out.

"It's getting a little worrisome. It's happening a little too often," said Natasha Higuchi.  Her children attend Ahuimanu Elementary School.

"We pick them up after school and sometimes we don't get them for a little while after, so it's kinda scary," Higuchi said.

The Hawaii Department of Education says schools across the state have been sending letters to parents in light of all the recent reports.

This incident makes the eighth report of strangers approaching or trying to lure school children in less than two weeks on Oahu.

One incident involved a homeless man exposing himself to a child near Kamiloiki Elementary School in Hawaii Kai.

Most occurrences happened in leeward Oahu, from Waipahu to Ewa Beach. The best lead so far is a sketch of a man accused of threatening to kill a girl near the Alii Cove subdivision.

But even with a red mohawk and a green tattoo across his forehead, no suspect has been found.

"Maybe it is the same person just in different cars or disguises. Not sure," said Higuchi.

"I hope so…so only get one guy instead of plenty guys," said Alii Kahanu, his son attends Kahaluu Elementary.

Several of the cases have involved vans, but the reports aren't consistent or specific enough to say it's the same person.

If you have any tips, call police.

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