Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News
Kaneohe jumpy over
children’s reports

Kids say they've seen a man who looks
like a sketch of a suspect

By Rod Ohira

Reported sightings of a suspect who tried to abduct an 11-year-old Kailua girl three weeks ago has heightened awareness in the Kaneohe area.

Students at King Intermediate School and nearby Heeia Elementary School were given a police sketch of the child-molester suspect after a girl reported seeing a man fitting the description last week.

The King Intermediate student told school administrators earlier this week that a man, resembling the suspect, stopped his car and stared at her. The girl immediately ran off.

Police are also following up on another report from someone who has twice seen the suspect in the area.

King Intermediate Principal Cynthia Chun said students were given a police sketch of the suspect. A similar flier, urging parents to take precautions and discuss safety with their children, was also distributed to Heeia students.

Police have been looking for a man who tried to abduct the Kailua girl on Oct. 3.

The girl was crossing Keolu Drive near St. John Vianney Church when she first saw the man leaning against a signpost at a bus stop.

A few minutes later, he pulled up in a dirty, dark-colored car, opened the passenger door and ordered her to get in. The girl ran to a friend's house and later to the church.

Parents of students attending schools in the Kailua area received notices urging them to take precautions.

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