HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted both Keone Labatad and Stacey Maae for kidnapping following the death of a man whose body was found by hunters off a Kailua hiking trail three weeks ago.
A police affidavit says on May 10, a witness saw Labatad strike the victim, 38-year-old Benjamin Awong, in the head with a handgun and then take him away in a vehicle. His body was found five days later.
Sources told Hawaii News Now Awong was found face down with his hands bound behind his back with duct tape and zip ties.
Keone Labatad has a lengthy criminal record. Sources say he has 60 prior arrests. He faced an attempted murder charge in 2002, but pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge and served 10 years in prison.
Records also show Labatad was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Kahuku in 2015 after a 54-year-old victim reported being choked, stabbed and hit with a metal bar.
Labatad was released pending investigation and never charged.
Labatad also served time in 2017 for second-degree robbery and has been on probation for domestic violence charges.
Documents also show Labatad sued the Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona after he was assaulted in a cell where he was placed with a rival gang member. The court case identified Labatad as a member of the La Familia gang, and he was put in a cell with an USO Family gang member.