Woman held in Waianae standoff says she doesn't know why suspect came to her

Woman held in Waianae standoff says she doesn't know why suspect came to her
Frank Hampp (image: ecrim)
Frank Hampp (image: ecrim)

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman held against her will by an armed fugitive during a 15-hour standoff in Waianae over the weekend wants her neighbors to know she had nothing to do with the face-off.

Josephine Fernandez said she was at her home at the Waimaha-Sunflower housing complex off Mill street Saturday night when a man unexpectedly rushed in with a gun.

"All I saw was somebody…flying through, opening my door and coming through. And he told me, go to my room and shut my mouth. And that's just how it went through the whole night," Fernandez said.

Police say that man is 34-year-old Frank Hampp.

Fernandez says Hampp and her late son were friends, but she has no idea why he chose her home to hide.

"I would like to let everyone know who feels that I was involved with this, I have no control over that. I had no clue he would be running to my home…all I can say is I'm sorry and don't look at me as a bad person because I'm not," said Fernandez.

Police say Hampp fled from officers in stolen vehicle around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, firing multiple shots at them during a high-speed chase through Waianae.

Police say he crashed into a fire hydrant near Mill Street before fleeing on foot.

Hampp has prior convictions for drugs, abuse, escape and burglary. He had a warrant out for his arrest at the time.

Fernandez said he never threatened her or her nephew, who was also in the home. But she said he wouldn't let them go.

"He kept saying he's gonna die...I would ask him, 'please let me go, please let me go,'" she said.

Fernandez said she was finally let go around 5 a.m. and her nephew was freed at about 1 p.m. Hampp surrendered around 4 p.m.

"I'm glad though that he surrendered alive, things worked out. Because I wouldn't want to see him die either. I wouldn't want to see him killed. I wouldn't want to see him take his life bring it was in my apartment."

Hampp is now charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. His bail is set at $1 million.

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