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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:50 a.m., Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Police briefs

Advertiser Staff

Police recover stolen laptop

Police yesterday recovered a laptop computer that had been reported stolen from a member of the Asian Development Bank conference on Saturday.

The computer was found in Kalihi yesterday afternoon, a day after a 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and fraudulent use of license plates at Ala Moana Center. Police recovered a laptop computer case and sensitive paperwork that belonged to the ADB member in the stolen car.

Octavia Bunker of Kalihi was charged last night with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. She was not charged with the theft of the laptop, police said.

Hilo man charged in kidnapping

Police have charged a 31-year-old Hilo man with offenses including kidnapping in the abduction of his former girlfriend, allegedly was held against her will for several hours.

Gregory K. Isabel was charged yesterday with violating a protective order, kidnapping, abuse of a family or household member, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. He is being held in the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $24,000 bail.

Police say the suspect confronted his former girlfriend at a Hilo bar at about 1:15 a.m. on May 3, violating a protective order prohibiting him from making contact with her.

An investigation later determined that he left the bar after the confrontation and hid in the rear of his ex-girlfriend's four-door Honda Accord.

As she and a friend were driving home, the suspect allegedly sat up. The victim stopped the car and tried to flee, but the man grabbed her, forced her into the car and drove off with her, leaving the other woman behind, police said. The victim's friend reported what happened to police.

The suspect allegedly drove the victim to an isolated field in Pepe 'ekeo, where she was held until about 4 a.m., then released unharmed.

Drunken driving arrests decrease

Big Island police announced the arrests of 15 motorists on suspicion of drunk driving, including three drivers under the age of 21, during the week April 30-May 1.

There have been 266 DUI arrests so far this year, a 37 percent decrease from the 421 during the same period last year, police said.

There have been 819 major accidents this year, compared with 748 during the same period last year, an increase of 9 percent.

And there have been 11 traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared with 10 during the same period last year.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will be continued on an islandwide basis.