Marshals arrest Kauai sex assault fugitive

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    Samson W. Harong

LIHUE — Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested a fugitive from Lihue on Monday.

Samson W. Harong, 26, was wanted by the Kauai Police Department on a bench warrant for first degree sexual assault and first degree burglary.

On or about May 1, Harong was investigated by police on suspicion of sexual assault in the first-degree and burglary in the first degree. Harong is alleged to have sexually assaulted a child who was less than 14 years old. Harong is alleged to have entered unlawfully into a home in Lihue to commit these crimes.

On Oct. 19, the state Fifth Circuit Court in Lihue issued a $1 million bench warrant for Harong. KPD detectives determined that Harong had already fled the island.

“Being a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia and having only recently relocated to Kauai from FSM, Harong had little ties to the Kauai community,” a press release said.

KPD requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, and leads were developed to indicate that Harong had fled Kauai to Northern California, the release said. Monday morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Harong at a home in Red Bluff, California.

“His arrest marks the first step towards providing justice for the victim and the victim’s family,” said KPD Chief Darryl Perry.

Harong was transported to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, where he’s being held pending extradition hearings to be returned to Kauai.

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