Police track down kidnapping suspects using enhanced 911 system

Police track down kidnapping suspects using enhanced 911 system
Ed Kurzenski
Ed Kurzenski

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two teens accused of handcuffing a 17-year-old boy and shoving him into the trunk of a car made their initial court appearance in the case Tuesday. One of the suspects is the son of a Honolulu police officer.

Police say they located the moving vehicle after they got a hit off the victim's cell phone. If you have a wireless phone, you'll see a 66-cent fee that supports the enhanced 911 system on your monthly bill.

Bladesin Bailey, 19, and Andrew Rodriguez, 18, said nothing during their brief appearance in court. They're each charged with kidnapping and assault. Rodriguez is the son of a Honolulu police officer.

Police say a 17-year-old boy's cell phone led them right to his alleged captors.

Investigators say the victim was kidnapped at Waiau District Park Saturday morning. He reportedly called police from the trunk of the car and dispatchers started pinpointing his location through GPS technology.

"The system automatically identifies that the call is a 911, an emergency call, and it engages some special circuits that go straight to the city and county in the case of Oahu and the local authorities on the neighbor islands as well," Ed Kurzenski, Mobi PCS Chief Technical Officer, said.

According to court documents, officers were able to track down the suspects' moving car after the boy sent several text messages to his mother while handcuffed inside the trunk.

"It's typically a triangulation situation since the 911 circuits aren't involved," Kurzenski said. "So the carrier can look at where those text messages are originating from off different antenna systems."

According to a police affidavit, the boy sent the following texts:

10:09 AM -- "white Impala."

10:29 AM -- "In the car, handcuffed in the truck. I love you mommy."

10:30 AM -- "I'm gonna die, mom I don't know where I at."

10:41 AM -- "Andrew and Bladesin."

About an hour later, the two suspects were under arrest.

"It's great," Kurzenski said. "Obviously being a technology person, it's nice to see real world applications that's not just kids texting a thousand messages an hour or something like that. That's something that has a real utility and benefit to the community."

Bail for each suspect is set at $20,000. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Thursday.

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