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Prosecutors Seek Bail Increase for Jack in the Box Sex Assault Suspect

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Calling him a danger to the community, Honolulu prosecutors seek a bail increase for a fast food restaurant worker accused of sexually assaulting a young woman. The request came after prosecutors presented the case to an Oahu grand jury Thursday.

Prosecutors emerge from closed-door, grand jury proceedings after securing an indictment against fast food restaurant worker and accused rapist Elia Hauanio.

"The complainant was lost and entered Jack in the Box for help," Vickie Kapp, deputy prosecutor, said. "The defendant was an employee there."

Investigators say the intoxicated 19-year-old woman fell asleep while inside the Jack in the Box on Oneawa Street early Friday morning. Only the restaurant's drive through was open at the time.

"She was awakened by the suspect touching her," Kapp said. "She resisted and screamed. But the defendant persisted and committed sexual offenses against her."

Hauanio appeared in court Tuesday. Prosecutors say it's a familiar place for the 23-year-old.

"He has 17 total arrests with four for contempt," Kapp said.

The suspect was originally charged with four counts of sex assault. The grand jury indicts him on three counts. Still, prosecutors ask a judge to double his bail.

"Although there are reduced charges in this case at this time, we still are requesting the bail be increased to $100,000 from $50,000 in the aggregate due to the seriousness of the offense and the danger the defendant poses to the community," Kapp said.

The judge granted the bail increase.

The next step for Hauanio is his Circuit Court arraignment. A date hasn't been set.

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