Court documents reveal disturbing details in UH student’s kidnapping case

Court documents reveal disturbing details in UH student’s kidnapping case
Austin Quale Joseph, the suspect in a kidnapping involving a University of Hawaii student, during an appearance in court on Monday.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused in the kidnapping of a University of Hawaii student allegedly held the woman against her will, sexually assaulted, choked and almost drowned her before taking her belongings, new court documents say.

Austin Quale Joseph, of Honolulu, made his preliminary court appearance on Monday, facing multiple charges in the case, including kidnapping and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. The 23-year-old is also accused of sexually assaulting the victim, but those charges are still pending.

According to court documents, the victim was driving along Kalanianaole Highway around 7:40 p.m. on April 3. The 22-year-old student then reportedly struck a rock and pulled over on the side of the road to check for damage.

A friend, who was on the phone with the victim, reported hearing the kidnapper’s voice and then the line cutting off.

The victim told police Joseph approached her vehicle, took out a knife and said, “This is a robbery.”

Fearing for her life, the victim moved to the front passenger seat, where Joseph allegedly attacked her and took her phone, laptop and wallet, which had her driver’s license and debit card.

Court documents say Joseph used the victim’s stolen debit card to withdraw $100 from an ATM at the Aloha Gas Station at Windward Mall off Kamehameha Highway the next day.

One week later, a police officer patrolling the Windward Mall parking lot noticed a car missing a side mirror, and when he approached it, he recognized Joseph from the surveillance video and images that captured him at the Aloha Gas Station ATM.

Joseph was arrested last Thursday in connection with the case. He had been initially been taken into custody on suspicion of fraudulently using a credit card and the unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.

“They took him into custody for that offense, and through that investigation they were able to tack on and connect him to the kidnapping case.”

After further investigation, police officials also added kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault charges to the case.

He remains in police custody with bail set at $1,000,000. His next court date has been scheduled for Wednesday.

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