A Kahului tipster led Maui police to a woman who has been accused of abducting her son from a home in California and heading to Hawaii, police said today.
Autumn Stone, 38, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was arrested for a felony warrant issued by a court in California. Her bail was set at $25,000, and she remained in police custody this afternoon. The boy was taken into protective custody, pending release to family.
Stone and her 9-year-old son were located on a city bus in Wailuku this morning, and both were in good health, Maui police said.
On Wednesday, Maui police received a request from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in California, requesting help in locating Stone and her son after a California investigation revealed she allegedly abducted the boy from his father’s home and took him to Maui in violation of a California court order.
In a public request for help, Maui police said they confirmed that she and her son arrived on Maui and were seen in the Kahului area Wednesday morning. In their request for help, police said Stone and her son may be using public transportation to get around the island.
Today, Kahului resident Keith Keahi was riding the bus when he recognized the pair from social media posts and used the police department’s “Text to 911” feature to direct officers to them, police said.