KPD investigates Anini gang-rape

KILAUEA — A 14-year-old North Shore girl was kidnapped in Kilauea and

apparently gang-raped by four local males at Anini Beach Monday night, the

Kaua’i Police Department reported Tuesday.

Following the 11:30 p.m.

incident, the victim was treated for injuries at Wilcox Memorial Hospital and

released.

KPD began an investigation and Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old man

and a 30-year-old man, both from Kapa’a, as well as an 18-year-old man from

Anini. A 17-year-old, also from Anini, was detained.

All of the suspects

were released for lack of evidence to hold them. They could be indicted by a

Kaua’i grand jury, law enforcement officials said.

The victim apparently

broke away from her assailants after the attack and called police for help. Her

injuries were not substantial, police said.

The incident, coupled with two

other recent sexual assault reports in Hanalei, has some residents on

edge.

“There is a climate of fear on the North Shore I have not felt,” said

Michael Vandeveer, of Hanalei.

In March, police investigated a sexual

assault case involving a woman who was staying in a vacation rental home on

Weke Road in Hanalei. The visitor told police she was assaulted after she had

gone to bed and her boyfriend was asleep in another room.

Last week,

another woman reported that a man broke into her Aku Road home in Hanalei as

she slept. Her screams apparently caused the assailant to flee.

No arrests

have been made in either of these cases.

Lt. Bill Ching, who heads KPD’s

Adult Investigations Section, said the cases are all under investigation, but

that it can’t be determined at this time whether they are linked.

In the

Aku Road case, the assailant cut through a screen window in the early morning

hours and entered the woman’s home as she slept.

Vandeveer, who is a

neighbor of the Aku Road resident, said the woman woke up, saw her attacker and

screamed causing the intruder to run out of the house. He was then chased by a

neighbor who heard the woman cry out, Vandeveer said.

The assailant ran in

an easterly direction toward Kuhio Highway and disappeared about six blocks

from the woman’s home, he said.

“My wife talked to the woman today, and she

says that she is afraid to return to her home,” and will be moving out,

Vandeveer said.

The sexual assault incidents, a burglary on Aku Road, and a

recent robbery incident at Pine Trees in Hanalei Bay that involved a Mainland

visitor have made residents more cautious, Vandeveer said.

Some residents

have talked about taking up arms to protect themselves, he said.

“They are

asking what they can do to prevent it from happening to themselves.”

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