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Police arrest suspect believed to be serial rapist

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:00 p.m. HST, Dec 14, 2013

Honolulu police arrested a suspect in a series of rapes in  the Kaheka and Liliha area after matching DNA evidence collected in one of the cases.

Police arrested a 30-year-old man at his home at a Liliha area apartment complex at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha said the arrest came after police conducted an extensive surveillance operation in the Kaheka area involving more than 60 officers and more than 1,000 hours of work.

Criminal Investigation Division Maj. Richard Robinson said the man matched the description of the suspect and officers conducting surveillance questioned him. Robison said his answers raised more suspicions and officers recovered DNA from the suspect, which matched DNA evidence from a Dec. 1 rape case.

Officers arrested the man on suspicion of rape, burglary and kidnapping.

Detectives are continuing the investigation to try to connect him to at least two other rape cases.

The suspect has not yet been charged.

Police held a news conference last week to release the latest sketch of the suspect, whom they believe was also involved in two other cases.

In the Dec. 1 case, a man allegedly forced his way into a woman's Cedar Street apartment at 11:30 a.m. and sexually assaulted her.

A June 14 CrimeStoppers bulletin said that at about 4 a.m. June 13, a man allegedly entered through the sliding door of an Aala Street apartment while the resident was asleep and sexually assaulted her.

At about 10:25 a.m. May 28, a man approached a woman from behind as she tried to enter her Ahana Street apartment, according to CrimeStoppers. He allegedly struck her, causing her to fall to the ground, then sexually assaulted her and fled in an unknown direction.

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Wahiawamauka wrote:
Maybe they will give him "hope probation" due to overcrowding.
on December 14,2013 | 01:10PM
NotNasti wrote:
Hope probation was created to open space in Halawa for people like him.
on December 14,2013 | 02:51PM
Skyler wrote:
on December 14,2013 | 03:00PM
NoFlippinWay wrote:
Thank you HPD.
on December 14,2013 | 01:36PM
cojef wrote:
A suspect until charged, however women should still not let their guard down. There are others out there?
on December 14,2013 | 02:01PM
honolulugal wrote:
Arrested and not charged, but not released, right? At least I hope not. I guess they're waiting on the charge until they know for sure he's the only one that commited all the crimes. In any case, women need always to be careful Always lock doors and windows. And watch your back when entering your home--or even taking out the garbage. Remember the woman who was assaulted in her own front yard in broad daylight?
on December 14,2013 | 02:40PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Or the woman who resides in an Aala Street apartment (which I'm guessing is located near the edge of Chinatown) seemed to have left her sliding door unlocked at 4 a.m.
on December 14,2013 | 05:08PM
false wrote:
Arrest gives police details of a person, such as fingerprints, DNA, and arrest does not lead to charges right away, because the prosecution team needs to get their house in order. In other words, Police do not just look around and say "He is the one. He looks like the sketch. Arrest, Convict, case closed." Police want to make their case airtight, including allowing for a possible chance that they arrested the wrong person. Nowadays DNA makes prosecution much easier, both to convict and set free.
on December 15,2013 | 02:42AM
false wrote:
Releasing him has its merits. If this guy is NOW caught doing the same thing, then for sure HE IS THE GUY.
on December 15,2013 | 02:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Great news and huge congrats to HPD on all their effort to track this buggah down. They spent hours and hours roaming the neighborhoods going door to door and searching for him. Let's hope the case gets made and the prosecutors do a good job.
on December 14,2013 | 02:59PM
honolulugal wrote:
I agree.
on December 14,2013 | 03:12PM
Mythman wrote:
Nice work, HPD
on December 14,2013 | 03:55PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
If he's guilty of such crimes he deserves to be castrated or put out of his misery.
on December 14,2013 | 04:36PM
palolo2001 wrote:
The men of OCCC will serve just to him, an eye for an eye.
on December 14,2013 | 07:16PM
40black wrote:
someone should go vigilante (charles bronson) on these types of criminals. save taxpayer dollars.
on December 14,2013 | 07:20PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
AWESOME day for our heroes at HPD. Put a fool with a blade to rest and catch this loser in the same day.
on December 14,2013 | 11:18PM
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