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Friday, October 8, 2004



Indicted rapist had
prior conviction

He allegedly used a Big Brothers
Big Sisters truck in a kidnapping


An Oahu grand jury indicted a 26-year-old felon yesterday on charges he lured, kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed a 17-year-old girl and injected her with crystal methamphetamine in a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu truck on Saturday.

Anton Myklebust of Aliamanu was indicted on four counts of first-degree sexual assault, six counts of third-degree sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping, second-degree robbery, credit-card theft and methamphetamine trafficking to a minor. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

In 1999, Myklebust was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hawaii to 18 months in prison for unlawfully entering military property and remaining in a building. He was required to participate in a drug program and anger management counseling, as well as pay $6,091 restitution to his victim, according to court records.

Police said the girl's ordeal Saturday lasted about eight hours from downtown to Kaimuki, the Kapiolani area and Waikiki.

The girl had been walking to work and was in the 1200 block of Nuuanu Avenue at 7:55 a.m. Saturday when a man in a white or silver truck bearing the Big Brothers Big Sisters name called to her, according to an affidavit given by Detective Gregory McCormick, who interviewed the victim.

The man, who she later identified as Myklebust, was looking at a map and asked the girl if she could give him directions to School Street, the affidavit said. She stepped inside the truck, and he began driving with her inside saying he was looking for a bathroom.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu confirmed to police that Myklebust had been employed as a truck driver since Sept. 1, was scheduled for pickups Saturday and clocked in at 7:25 a.m. But officials from the nonprofit declined to comment yesterday.

Police said the man drove the truck to an area near some houses between Kaimuki and Hawaii Kai, where he robbed and sexually assaulted the girl.

The man grabbed her backpack, struck her in the mouth, pushed her down and pressed her face against a plastic bag, making it difficult to breathe, according to police.

He then allegedly forced her into the back of the truck where he removed his clothes and tried to get her to take off her clothes. She refused, kicking him in the groin, police said. The man began choking her and sexually assaulted her, according to the police affidavit.

He then took the girl's cash card and cell phone from her backpack, got her personal identification number and briefly left the truck and returned with cash in his hand, the affidavit said.

Myklebust drove the girl to a parking lot near an adult toy, video and lingerie store on Kapiolani Boulevard, according to the affidavit. He left and returned shortly, and used a hypodermic needle to inject her with what he later told her was "ice," the affidavit said.

The man also injected himself, the girl told police.

He drove her to a public shower at a boat harbor, where he fondled her as they showered, the affidavit said.

The man then drove to a Kalakaua Avenue tattooing parlor where he parked and had the girl walk with him to a bank machine, and withdrew more cash from her account, according to the affidavit.

He bought a watch from a Kalakaua Avenue store, where he told the saleswoman his name was "Red," the affidavit said.

The man took her into a hotel restroom and injected an unknown substance into her arm, according to the affidavit.

He then walked her to Kaiulani Avenue, returned her backpack but kept her cell phone and bank card, told her he would return and left, the affidavit said.

The girl felt sick and began vomiting, police said. A passer-by helped her, bringing her to his business, where she phoned a friend to pick her up.

Police said she was examined at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children's Sex Abuse Treatment Center and by an emergency room doctor who confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in her body.

Police said the teenager was unable to escape, feeling either trapped or afraid that the suspect would injure or kill her. She also might have been too impaired by the drugs to escape, police said.

On Monday the victim positively identified her assailant by photographic lineup.

On Tuesday, Myklebust was spotted by an officer at the 2300 block of Kuhio Avenue, where he was arrested.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu's president declined comment on the suspect and whether a background check was done prior to his hiring.

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