Man charged with kidnapping Hawaii holds girl on bus, documents say

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A Hawaii man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl last week held the victim inside a yellow bus, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

The girl escaped her captor after she persuaded him to take her to a cafe in Hilo on Saturday and bystanders intervened, police and documents say.

Duncan Mahi, 52, is charged with kidnapping, assault, methamphetamine trafficking and other charges, Hawaii police said.

The kidnapping on Friday, which authorities say took place with a knife from a beach at Anaeho’omalu Bay on the northwest side of Hawaii’s Big Island, triggered an Amber warning.

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The girl escaped Saturday after struggling with Mahi outside Cafe Pesto in Hilo, police said in court documents filed Tuesday. A bystander stopped Mahi from chasing the girl, and another man said, “That’s the girl in the news,” the documents say.

Mahi ran and fled in a car, but was arrested later that day, police said.

The girl’s friend reported Friday that a man armed with a knife approached them, forced the girl to hold his hands and legs with zippers and kidnapped her, police said in court documents.

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The girl said she was forced into a car, smoked methamphetamine and was sexually assaulted, according to court documents.

She said she was then taken to a home where she was held in a parked yellow bus with a cable and a brace on her ankle, according to the court document. The next day, she persuaded Mahi to take her to the cafe, the documents said.

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A lawyer listed as representing Mahi did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Mahi is being held in lieu of a $2 million bail, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday. Court records do not indicate a plea.

A grand jury indicted Mahi on 11 counts on Wednesday, Honolulu-based NBC affiliate KHNL reported.

This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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