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HPD Charges Kidnapping & Assault Suspects

June 10, 2019, 4:32 PM HST
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Tammy K. Hodson. PC: HPD

Misty K. Kamalamela. PC: HPD

Police have charged three individuals and arrested a fourth for multiple offenses stemming from a kidnapping and assault investigation that was reported to have occurred Hawaiian Paradise Park in the Puna District during the last week in May 2019, a Hawai‘i Police Department disclosed on Monday, June 10, 2019.

On May 31, 2019, a 36-year old female being treated at Hilo Medical Center for multiple injuries reported she had been kidnapped and held at a Hawaiian Paradise Park house for several days where she was beaten, sexually assaulted and threatened with a firearm.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division obtained a search warrant which was served on a 29th street address with the assistance of the Special Response Team on Thursday morning, June 6).

Police arrested Tammy K. Hodson, 50, and Misty K. Kamelamela, 32, who were at the house.

Joel H. White, 40, was arrested in South Kohala on Friday and Joanna L. Kawelo, 35, located and arrested ton June 10 in Nanawale Estates in the Puna District.

Joel H. White. PCL HPD

Joanna L. Kawelo. PC: HPD

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After conferring with Prosecutors Detectives charged Tammy Kahiwaokalani Hodson of Keaʻau on Friday, June 7, with one count of kidnapping, two counts of first degree assault, one count of first degree terroristic threatening, one count of first degree sexual assault, one count of second degree promotion of a dangerous drug, one count of third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, one count of fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug, and one count of drug paraphernalia. She was being held at the police cellblock in lieu of $59,250 total bail.

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Misty Kehaulani Kamelamela of Keaʻau was charged Friday with one count of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, one count of third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, and one count of fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug. She was being held at the police cellblock in lieu of $12,000 total bail.

Joel Hanalei White of Kamuela was charged with one count of Kidnapping and one count of first-degree sexual assault and was being held at the police cellblock in lieu of $35,000 total bail.

Joanna Lei Kawelo of Pāhoa was arrested for three outstanding warrants totaling $1,400 bail as well as an arrest warrant related to the offenses of Kidnapping, Assault, Ownership possession Prohibited, Terroristic Threatening, and Sexual Assault; she is being held at the Police Cellblock pending further investigation and charging decision.

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Police ask anyone who may have has additional information on the incident to contact Det. Richard Itleong of the Area I Juvenile Aid Section at (808) 961-2278.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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