Hilo man accused of abducting teen last year found fit to stand trial
A Hilo man accused of abducting a teenaged girl last year from the Waikōloa area was found fit to stand trial, according to 3rd Circuit Court minutes on Friday.
Fifty-two-year-old Duncan Mahi was examined by three doctors to determine his mental fitness to stand trial on charges of two counts of kidnapping, three counts of terroristic threatening, first-degree robbery, two counts of methamphetamine trafficking and four counts of sexual assault.
A motions hearing is scheduled on July 7 at 8:30 a.m. and a jury trial is set for Aug. 22, 2023.
Mahi is accused of robbing two teenagers at knifepoint at Anaehoʻomalu Bay in West Hawaiʻi on Sept. 16, 2022. According to court documents, Mahi forced the girl to tie up her teen boyfriend before he took her to his East Hawaiʻi home.
A MAILE AMBER Alert was issued for the girl who ultimately escaped Mahi nearly 24 hours later after convincing the 52-year-old to take her to get food at Café Pesto in Hilo.
Mahi was indicted by a Hilo grand jury on Sept. 21, 2022, for the charges. He remains in custody on $2 million bail.