Child lobbyists get their fish wish
The lobbying efforts of two young Hongwanji Mission School students paid off yesterday when Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law a bill proclaiming the humuhumunuku-nukuapuaa to be the state fish. Joel Itomura, 6, and his brother Dane, 8, discovered that the fish was once the state fish, but the law expired years ago. So they contacted Rep. Blake Oshiro, who introduced the bill. Oshiro plans to deliver the signed state law to Joel and Dane today at the Nuuanu school.
Man is charged with girl's assault
Prosecutors charged a 68-year-old Kaneohe man who allegedly grabbed and touched a 12-year-old girl Saturday in a parking garage and offered her $6,000 to have sex with him.
Falefuafua Falefuafua was charged with kidnapping and third- degree sexual assault.
The girl had walked up to the fourth floor of Building B near the mauka elevator at 46-229 Kahuhuipa St., where they both lived, police said.
Falefuafua allegedly covered her mouth with one hand and touched her through her clothing with the other hand, while she struggled to get free, a police affidavit said. He then allegedly offered her $6,000 for sex, police said. She screamed and shoved him away, police said.
Falefuafua made his first appearance in court yesterday. Bail was set at $50,000.
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Fugitive, 34, wanted on probation charges
Police are asking for help in finding a 34-year-old fugitive wanted on three warrants for violating probation.
Raquel Bracamonte is known to frequent downtown Honolulu, Waikiki and the Big Island, and may be homeless, police said.
Bracamonte is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with dark brown or possibly blond hair, hazel eyes and a tattoo that says "Lauren Elise" on her left shoulder.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.
Suspect allegedly ordered police called
A 52-year-old bank robbery suspect allegedly demanded more money from a downtown bank teller after receiving $780, then told him to call police, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court yesterday.
Federal authorities charged William Barca, who has no local address, with bank robbery yesterday.
Barca allegedly robbed the Honolulu branch of First Hawaiian Bank, at 999 Bishop St., at 9:45 a.m. Monday.
Barca allegedly approached the teller with a demand note that read, "This is a Robbery Put the money in the bag I have a gun," according to a special deputy U.S. marshal's affidavit.
The teller put $780 in cash into a bag and handed it to Barca, the affidavit said.
Barca then allegedly told the teller that it was not enough money, and told him to go to another teller station to get more money.
He then allegedly told the teller to call police, so the teller activated the robbery alarm, the affidavit said.
Bank security held Barca until police arrived.
Barca confessed to the robbery, saying he did it because he needed the money, the affidavit said.
Boy, 15, arrested in attack on teen driver
Police arrested a 15-year-old Ewa Beach boy who allegedly attacked another teenager Friday.
Police said the victim, a 16-year-old boy, was sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle about 7 p.m. when the younger teen confronted him. Police said the younger teen then reached through the open window and punched the victim several times.
The victim, who was not hurt, reported the incident at school Monday. Police arrested the younger teen for investigation of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. He was later released pending an investigation.