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Court papers: Kidnapping suspect threatened to shoot teen

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 01:21 p.m. HST, Feb 21, 2014

A 19-year-old woman says a 22-year-old man, who was already awaiting trial for allegedly assaulting a city bus driver in January, threatened to shoot a teenage boy he held hostage last week unless she drove him out of Kalihi, according to court documents.

Sunia Faaofonuu has been charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, kidnapping, first-degree theft, second-degree assault, extortion using a firearm and three firearms violations. His bail was set at $150,000.

Police said Faaofonuu, armed with a silver and black Ruger semi-automatic pistol, approached a 16-year-old boy at a house on Kealoha Place just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 11.

While holding a handgun pointed at the teen, Faaofonuu asked Aileen Baay if she owned the car that was parked outside of a nearby house.

According to a police affidavit filed in District Court earlier this week, Faaofonuu then told Baay: "You can take me out of Kalihi or I going to shoot him right now."

Fearing for her life, Baay told police she closed the door and called authorities.

Faaofonuu then grabbed the teen and ordered him to climb the fence from Kealoha Place to Kalihi Waena Elementary School.

The two walked towards Kuhio Park Terrace and approached another man with a van. The suspect pointed the hand gun at the van's driver and released the teen, police said. The suspect then fled to Kalama Road by climbing a fence, police said.

Officers arrested Faaofonuu shortly afterward on Kamehameha IV Road.

A witness told police that Faaofonuu approached him in the driveway of a Kamehameha IV Road home, offering him the handgun if he gave the suspect a ride to Salt Lake.

When officers arrived, Faaofonuu hid the handgun, wrapped in a black cloth, in the engine compartment of a nearby parked car, where police found it, the documents said.

Police determined that the handgun was stolen in a burglary.

Faaofonuu was on bail after posting $2,000 bond after he allegedly assaulted a city bus driver Jan. 14 in Kahala.

The bus was idling picking up passengers when the suspect entered the vehicle and allegedly assaulted the driver, police said.

A bus rider intervened and called police.

Faaofonuu's District Court trial on a charge of third-degree assault on the bus driver was set to begin March 6.

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Bush baby
on February 21,2014 | 08:34AM
Bully wrote:
Obvious menace to society, the courts are supposed to protect the average citizens from these people.
on February 21,2014 | 09:50AM
Grimbold wrote:
Not only that but this is genetic. Such violent persons should be sterilized to prevent further contamination of the human race.
on February 21,2014 | 05:29PM
TrueCloud wrote:
No way should this guy do less than 10 years and not a day less.
on February 21,2014 | 09:59AM
localguy wrote:
10? How about 15-20. there is a price to be paid for stupidity.
on February 21,2014 | 01:36PM
jmarie wrote:
True 10 years are you kidding me? take a look around you live in Hawaii with the most liberal elected officials in the nation who in turn appoint the most liberal court. 10 years, shart lucky he gets 10 days by the liberal courts.
on February 21,2014 | 05:21PM
cojef wrote:
Makings of a career criminal. No hope for this individual. Sad.
on February 21,2014 | 10:20AM
Skyler wrote:
Why is the bail set so low? 150K seems a pittance.
on February 21,2014 | 10:27AM
jmarie wrote:
Welcome to the democratic party! what do you expect from such a liberal bunch, don't you understand the suspect is just a misunderstood individual who needs equality in society. Just ask any sitting judge in District or Circuit court in Hawaii they will all tell you he just needs rehabilitation!
on February 21,2014 | 05:24PM
GoldenRule wrote:
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on February 21,2014 | 10:34AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Make sure it's well shaken before being decanted.
on February 21,2014 | 11:01AM
false wrote:
Put this piece of trash away and keep there for a long time.
on February 21,2014 | 11:06AM
ghstar wrote:
Why does this guy get bail at all? He is pretty clearly a serious danger to society. Keep him locked up.
on February 21,2014 | 11:17AM
kainalu wrote:
We will be seeing, hearing, and reading about this guy down the road ... again.
on February 21,2014 | 11:46AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So if the handgun was stolen in a burglary I hope our over paid prosecutors charge him with that as well...
on February 21,2014 | 11:54AM
sukebesan wrote:
If convicted, I hope this menace to society sentence is to be dragged from the rear bumper of a high powered V-8 equipped car with a thick rope affixed to his neck at speeds in excess of 100 mph from Kapolei to Kahala on the H-1 / Moanalua Freeway or until only his head and part of his neck remains.
on February 21,2014 | 01:13PM
samidunn wrote:
Let's put him back n the street, he hasn't killed anybody yet.
on February 21,2014 | 05:02PM
jmarie wrote:
Samidunn you keep talking like that the Liberal Democratic party will have you on the ballot for the next governor!
on February 21,2014 | 05:26PM
808Cindy wrote:
Obviously he is one who should be removed from society for a very long time... certain individuals don't deserve any kind of chance. This is one of them.
on February 21,2014 | 08:50PM
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