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Police investigate attempted kidnapping, sex assault cases from 2 Oahu schools

Additional police officers were sent this morning to patrol the neighborhoods of Kapolei and Niu Valley following reports Wednesday of possible kidnapping and sexual assault cases near two Oahu schools, state Department of Education officials said.

A Kapolei Elementary School student told police that a stranger with a beard tried to kidnap him Wednesday morning as he was walking to school, but he managed to break free after kicking the man.

Later in the afternoon, a man reportedly exposed himself to two Niu Valley Intermediate School students as they were walking to a bus stop. The suspect approached them in a car, tried to pick them up, and exposed himself before driving off.

Kapolei Elementary School Principal Cindy Otsu sent a letter to parents and guardians Wednesday afternoon saying the boy was walking near Kaiau Avenue at about 8:10 a.m. when a man “grabbed him by the shoulders from behind and threatened to take him.”

The student kicked the man in the leg and the man fled, she wrote. Otsu said the student was unharmed.

In her letter, Otsu described the alleged kidnapper as a slim man, possibly in his 30s, with a beard, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and shoes.

Police have classified the case as an attempted kidnapping.

Police said officers were also at the Kapolei school campus at 91-1119 Kamaaha Loop today. Parents were asked to remind their children to walk in groups, not to approach strangers and stay in visible areas.

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    • Just so I know, are you suggesting that it’s the responsibility of the DOE to get the kids up in the morning, get them breakfast and walk them to school? Of course if that’s the case, then HIDOE needs to hire people to get them home and wait for parents. Perhaps schools should all have dorms? Seems to me like a comment not well thought out.

  • Based on the article, the schools and HPD responded appropriately. There is no indication of negligence by anyone. It is dumb and irresponsible for poorly educated people to post accusations without ANY evidence. The good news is, Donald Trump likes you!

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