Three people on the Big Island have been charged after they allegedly kidnapped a 25-year-old woman and her three young children and held them captive in a shed for days.
One of the alleged kidnappers is the victim’s estranged boyfriend and father of their children, Hawaii County police said.
Israel Allen Chapson, 30, of Mountain View, was charged Thursday with four counts of kidnapping, two counts of felony abuse of a family or household member, one count of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia and two other drug-related offenses, according to police. His bail was set at $251,000.
Chevy Iaukea and Joseph Soares, both 29, also of Mountain View, were each charged with four counts of kidnapping. Police said both are being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
All were scheduled to appear at Hilo District Court today.
On Monday, patrol officers responded to the Hilo Medical Center where a woman reported she and her children, ages 4, 6 and 8, were held captive in a shed for several days in Mountain View, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Police said the victims were treated and released for minor injuries they sustained in the kidnapping.
At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division’s Juvenile Aid Section arrested Chapson, Iaukea and Soares.
Anyone with information on the kidnapping is asked to call police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.