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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:04 p.m., Thursday, March 30, 2006

Mother, 3 kids escape kidnapper

Advertiser Staff

An 18-year-old man was arrested early this morning after he allegedly kidnapped a newspaper delivery driver and her three children, police said.

At 3:25 a.m., the 30-year-old woman and her three daughters, ages 4, 5 and 6, were driving around filling newspaper dispensers when they parked on the grassy median on Kalakaua Avenue. The 30-year-old walked across the street to fill a machine and saw the 18-year-old sitting at a bus stop, police said.

When the woman turned and walked back to her van the 18-year-old ran up behind her and started punching her in the face before putting her in a choke hold. The woman broke free and jumped into the van as the 18-year-old hopped into the driver's seat and started to drive away.

The man drove down Makaloa Street while the woman screamed and pleaded with him to release her and her daughters. The man ignored her until the woman found a pair of scissors and threatened to stab him unless he stopped. The man stopped near Ke'eaumoku Street and Kanunu Street, jumped out of the van and walked away, police said.

The woman drove until she saw a security officer and flagged him down. The security officer then flagged down a patrol officer. The 18-year-old was found nearby hiding in the bushes The woman suffered a bruised eye and swelling to her face but her daughters were unharmed, police said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and robbery.

Woman, 64, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 62-year-old Honolulu woman was arrested yesterday after allegedly trying to run over another woman with her car, police said.

At 3:45 p.m. yesterday the 62-year-old got into an argument with a 24-year-old woman. The argument escalated and a scuffle ensued. The 62-year-old then jumped into her car and tried to run over the younger woman before fleeing the scene.

While police were investigating, the elder woman returned and the 24-year-old identified her. The 62-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the second degree.

Two arrested in beating of 18-year-old teen

A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested yesterday after they beat another man who refused to give them money.

At 5:45 p.m. yesterday, an 18-year-old was standing at a bus stop in Salt Lake when the suspects walked up demanding money, police said. The 18-year-old refused and the suspects started to hit him while trying to take his money.

An off-duty police officer witnesses the assault and intervened, police said. The suspects took off running, but the off-duty officer chased them down and apprehended the 19-year-old, police said.

The younger suspect later turned himself in at the at the Kalihi Police station.

Both were booked on suspicion of second-degree robbery.