Police and Fire


POSTED: Saturday, September 19, 2009

Waianae man charged in alleged sex assault

Prosecutors charged yesterday a 29-year-old Waianae man who allegedly sexually assaulted a

15-year-old girl in Waimanalo.

Police said Miguel Puerto Jilhaney of 85-0870 Lihue St. allegedly enticed the teenager into his vehicle, then allegedly engaged in sexual activity with her.

The alleged sexual assault occurred at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, police said.

Jilhaney was arrested with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree sexual assault.

He was charged yesterday and his bail was set at $75,000.

Suspect, 19, in killing in January released

Police released a 19-year-old Kalihi man suspected of killing 54-year-old Damaso Domingo of Honolulu in


Domingo died Jan. 15 of head injuries due to blunt force after being assaulted, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said.

Domingo was found at 2 a.m. Jan. 13 with severe head injuries near the intersection of North School Street and Lanakila Avenue.

Police had received an anonymous tip that led to a possible suspect.

The man was located and arrested at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was released at 12:10 a.m. yesterday pending further investigation.

Former Kauai police officer is arrested

LIHUE » A former Kauai police officer has been arrested on burglary, terroristic threats and weapons charges.

Joseph Bonachita, 41, is out on $25,000 bail after being arrested earlier this week. Authorities have provided few details about the case.

Bonachita declined to comment.

The former officer also was the subject of a temporary restraining order filed by a woman shortly before she was found dead outside her Puhi home Aug. 17.

Police initially said they believed foul play was involved in 27-year-old Lauren Kagawa's death but later determined it was a lethal mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol. They say they're still investigating.

Bonachita, who Kagawa alleged had sexually assaulted her, has not been named as a suspect in the case, but police say they haven't ruled him out.