Kona Man Charged With Kidnapping and Other Offenses Discovered During Shoplifting Investigation

A Kona man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses stemming from an incident that was discovered during a shoplifting investigation.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday (May 22), South Hilo patrol officers responded to a call at a chain store on Makaʻala Street, where police learned that a 29- year old Kona man and a 21-year-old Kona woman had been detained by store security for shoplifting. The man identified himself by using another person’s name. Police discovered this when a 23- year-old Volcano man came forward at the store and informed officers that he was actually the person whose name the shoplifting suspect was using.

The Volcano man informed police that while he had been home, the suspect and a female companion had entered his house and demanded drugs. The victim was reportedly threatened by the male suspect, who brandished a bladed weapon and then forced the victim into a vehicle, held him against his will and drove him to the store on Makaʻala Street. When the male and female suspects exited the vehicle, the victim, who was not injured, left and eventually contacted police.

Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, terroristic threatening and kidnapping. The woman was held at the Hilo police cellblock and the man was held in police custody at Hilo Medical Center for treatment of an undisclosed condition while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Angelea Maldonado

At 3:45 p.m. Thursday (May 24) detectives charged 21-year-old Angelea Maldonado of Kailua-Kona with shoplifting. She was released pending further investigation of the other offenses and after posting $250 bail on the shoplifting offense.

On the same day, detectives charged Dane Frank Kendrick with shoplifting, first-degree terroristic threatening, kidnapping, and third-degree promoting a dangerous drug. His bail was set at $71,000. He was originally scheduled to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon (May 25) but cannot make that appearance because he remains in police custody at Hilo Medical Center.

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