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Police investigate kidnapping and torture of children

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:20 p.m. HST, Oct 19, 2012

Honolulu police are investigating allegations by children of two 25th Infantry Division soldiers that they were kidnapped and beaten at a home in Schofield Barracks last week.

Two boys, ages 14 and 12, told police that they went to a Schofield Barracks home on Saturday to watch movies.

The 14-year-old boy told police that he was kneed and punched in the face. The injuries were so severe that his jaw was broken.

The 12-year-old boy said he had his head forced into a bucket of ice water. 

Both boys told police that they were burned with salt and ice.

Dennis Drake, Schofield Barracks spokesman, said: “The Army is actively looking into this incident and working with HPD to ascertain the facts. We're also looking into allegations that it was reported to MPs. 

“The Army takes all allegations and incidents of hazing, bullying and assault extremely seriously, whether on or off our installations.”

The fathers of both boys are off island — one soldier is training in Texas and the other is deployed to Afghanistan.

The case is being handled by the Honolulu Police Department, which has opened an investigation into possible kidnapping, assault and terroristic threatening charges.

Drake said that even if a perpetrator and victims live on base and the crime happened on base, it is still the Honolulu Police Department's jurisdiction if the crime involves family members and not the enlisted soldier.

The incident was reported to authorities two days after the alleged attack and involves an 18-year-old boy and a 19-year-old girl who live with their parents off Schofield Barracks. The other alleged attacker — a 14 year-old boy — lives on post.

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hanoz808 wrote:
I'm saddened for these kids. I hope justice will be served.
on October 19,2012 | 10:51AM
okishadow wrote:
Living in Hawaii makes us think we have aloha for everyone. The punks and "fem" punk who did this show that we still have a long way to go. Heartfelt prayers for the two young "braddahs" and their families. Don't give in to the haters. Stay strong.
on October 19,2012 | 11:27AM
allie wrote:
yup..scary out there
on October 19,2012 | 12:23PM
akamlaii wrote:
Has nothing to do with Hawai'i! It's a military thing - don't drag Hawai'i's image down with military - many of whom could give a rip about Hawai'i or aloha or "braddahs".
on October 19,2012 | 04:02PM
SteveToo wrote:
What? It has nothing to do w/the military. It's not a military thing. It's two punks or is it 3 that caused this to happen to the two boys. Could have been off base as well as on base.
on October 19,2012 | 04:55PM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
What a terrible trauma these boys suffered at the hands of such ruthless animals, sub-humans. I hope this is thoroughly investigated because those "adult children" are not fit for society. Did they grow up being beaten like this? It would seem so, and they take out their powerlessness on two innocent victims.
on October 19,2012 | 11:15AM
localguy wrote:
Send the guilty perps to OCC. Inmates have no respect for anyone who abuses children. These new inmates will have all the friends in the world you don't want to have. They will be kept warm and cozy at night, plenty of physical activity, and lots to wish they had never, ever, touched those innocent children. Yes, send them to OCC for justice served.
on October 19,2012 | 01:23PM
HD36 wrote:
Oregon has a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison for assault and battery. Seems to be pretty effective.
on October 19,2012 | 11:33PM
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