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Hilo Man Charged With Several Offenses After Series of Reported Abuses

March 24, 2022, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated March 24, 4:30 PM
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Rescue Suda

Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged 24-year-old Hilo man on an array of charges, including kidnapping, assault, auto theft, abuse of a family member, and terroristic threatening after a series of incidents on Monday, March 21 in Hilo and Waimea.

Monday evening police responded to a report of an affray at a residence on Manono Street in Hilo where Rescue Suda was arrested for second degree assault after officers determined Suda assaulted his girlfriend’s brother with a beer bottle.

In the course of their investigation, police learned that earlier in the day Suda struck his live-in girlfriend twice on the right side of her face causing injury while the couple were at Honoli‘i Beach Park in Hilo. They then left the area and the girlfriend was held against her will and not allowed to leave.

The woman tried to leave when Suda stopped at a store in Pepe‘ekeō but was unsuccessful, the police department stated in a news release Thursday.

When the pair stopped at a commercial center in Waimea the woman was able to get out of the vehicle, but Suda reportedly grabbed her and struck her several more times. With a knife in his hand he began pulling her back into the vehicle while making threatening gestures with the knife. Bystanders intervened and helped the woman escape. Suda then fled the area in her vehicle and was later arrested by Hilo patrol officers when they were called to the Manono Street affray.

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On Tuesday, March 22, Suda was arrested for kidnapping, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first degree terroristic threatening, and two counts of abuse of a family household member.

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His bail was set at $18,000.

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