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"Panty Burglar" Arrested Again for Sexual Assault

Car repair shop in Pearl City where the alleged sexual assault occurred. Car repair shop in Pearl City where the alleged sexual assault occurred.

PEARL CITY (KHNL) - The man who was called the Kahala Panty Burglar during the 1980s is in hot water again. Honolulu police have arrested Harrison Mew on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.

Ronnie Jaralba is flying solo at a car repair shop in Pearl City. He's alone because his boss, 54-year-old Harrison Mew, was taken into police custody Wednesday.

"I was surprised. I don't know what to say," Jaralba said. "Then I asked the police officer, 'Oh, what happened?' 'Oh, we have some kind of complaint about your boss.'"

A 19-year-old woman told investigators the suspect sexually assaulted her in the office March 13th. Jaralba says he was at the shop.

"All I heard is making noise upstairs," he said. "Then I asked her, 'What happened? Did anything happen that night?' She said, 'No.'"

Armed with a warrant, officers stormed the business and recovered evidence.

"They searched my boss car. They took everything in the back of the trunk," Jaralba said. "They searched everything, just like one typhoon or tornado inside, even the office."

This isn't the first time police have executed a search warrant at the business. Eight years ago, officers stormed the shop after another 19-year-old woman accused Mew of sexually assaulting her.

And in the early 80s, Mew was dubbed the Kahala Panty Burglar. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for breaking into homes, and stealing women's underwear.

For now, Jaralba has no choice but to get to work.

"I have to handle it myself, yeah," he said. "All the phone call, all the cars come in, I don't know what to do. But I just trying my best."

Police are also looking into whether Mew failed to update his sex offender registry information.

He is locked up at H.P.D.'s main cellblock. He has not been charged.

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