Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who rides a red-and-white mo-ped and is the suspect in two separate cases of attempted kidnapping involving girls in Makiki and Moiliili.
Police said both girls were teenagers under the age of 15 who attend the same school.
On Dec. 25, a 13-year-old girl was walking by the Makiki Cemetery at noon when she saw a man on a moped following her. The man got off the mo-ped and followed her on foot, grabbed her and held her against the cemetery wall, before she kicked him and got away, according to police. The girl did not immediately report the attack.
On Tuesday, a 12-year-old girl was walking on Citron Street at 7 a.m. when she was approached by a man on a mo-ped.
The man got off his mo-ped, followed her behind a building where he pushed her down and tried to make her swallow a pill, police said.
The female screamed and spit out the pill, and a neighbor yelled at the male who fled on his mo-ped, according to police.
The two victims are friends and when the girl in the second incident told her friend about it, the first victim related that something similar had happened to her too.
Both incidents were reported to police on Tuesday.
The suspect is described as in his 50s, between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 8 inchesl, heavy set, with gray and wavy neck-length hair, brown eyes and riding an older-model mo-ped that has scratches.
Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone. The public may also send anonymous text and web tips: Text “CS808” plus the tip to 274637 or CRIMES.