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Fugitive Round Up Extends to Hawaii

Suspected child rapist Herbert Damwijk Suspected child rapist Herbert Damwijk
Mark Hanohano, U.S. Marshal Mark Hanohano, U.S. Marshal

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's a scary thought. Nearly 250 fugitives roaming the streets of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

That was the case until this past week. As KHNL News 8's Minna Sugimoto reports, Hawaii authorities captured the fugitives during a nationwide roundup called Operation Falcon II.

If you're an Operation Falcon target, they don't come for you quietly.

During a seven-day nationwide roundup, authorities nab more than 9,000 fugitives, including more than 1,100 sexual predators.

In Hawaii, Operation Falcon II nets 249 fugitives and clears 323 felony warrants.

"Fifty-six for narcotics, 37 for violent crimes, and that included negligent homicide and manslaughter," Mark Hanohano, U.S. Marshal, said. "But the focus was sexual predators. In Hawaii, we captured six."

Suspected child rapist Herbert Damwijk was wanted in the state of Washington. Investigators in Hawaii tracked him down at a home in Hauula last week.

"He was taken by surprise. He was still sleeping. He came to the door all groggy, and we just held him right at the door," Chester Kau, Hawaii Fugitive Task Force, said. "It's more gratifying that the victim can know that there's a sense of closure."

Hawaii authorities say they had about 70 agents on the hunt each day for an entire week.

"A lot has to do with money, right, like everything else," Hanohano said. "But we do do this constantly. It, we, after this was done, we didn't just go back to the office and go sleep. That's not going to happen."

The rape suspect captured in Hauula was on the Falcon 15 Most Wanted list.

Hawaii authorities say they also seized 300 marijuana seedlings and 22 marijuana plants during the week-long operation.

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