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Kidnapping and robbery charges filed in shopping center purse snatching

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Prosecutors charged two woman today in connection with an alleged purse-snatching at a Honolulu shopping center last week. 

Kishan Monis-Hoopai, 20, who has no local address, and Rachel Koma, 19, of Hawaii Kai were both charged with kidnapping and second-degree robbery. Monis-Hoopai's bail is set at $15,000 and Koma's aggregate bail is set at $50,000. 

Charges are pending for a third woman involved in the purse-snatching, authorities said. Police also arrested two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, in connection with the robbery and are looking for another female suspect.

At 4:30 p.m. June 2, two women were in a food court when the two teenagers allegedly stole their purses and fled into a getaway vehicle. One of the victims, a 27-year-old woman, chased after the suspects and jumped into the vehicle. Police said the victim was assaulted in the car after being trapped inside with the suspects. They eventually dropped her off in the Waimanalo area. 

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