Woman charged with felony after trying to remove child from school

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police have charged a 42-year-old Kailua-Kona woman with first-degree custodial interference in connection with an incident that occurred Monday morning at a Kailua-Kona elementary school.

Kona patrol officers responded to a report of an unknown woman attempting to take children away from Kealakehe Elementary School in Kailua-Kona, while school was in session. It was reported that while the woman was attempting to physically remove a child from a classroom, a staff member intervened, and prevented the woman from removing the child.


Police said they contact with the child’s family members who indicated that the woman was not known to them, and had no authorization to remove the child.

Patrol officers identified the suspect as Kehaulani Rubio of Kailua-Kona. She was subsequently arrested and was later charged with first-degree custodial interference. She is being held at the Kealakehe police station in lieu of $10,000 bail.

First-degree custodial interference is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years incarceration.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Hawaii Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Brandon Mansur at 326-4646, ext. 301, or brandon.mansur@hawaiicounty.gov

  1. Buds4All August 27, 2018 4:52 pm

    Really on our Island this is going on? Just Weird!

    1. ClutchCargo August 30, 2018 8:42 pm

      Shirley, you jest!

  2. laakoc August 27, 2018 5:53 pm

    Sounds more like attempted kidnapping….

  3. ypupule August 28, 2018 8:22 am

    Probably just someone with mental issues, so no “logical” explanation or criminal motive.

  4. metalman808 August 28, 2018 1:13 pm

    So for 10 thousand dollars she can go to another school and see if she has better luck.

    1. Buds4All August 31, 2018 3:55 am

      Mind you I am no expert but it’s really like 1K because I believe the rate is 10% fee for a bail bondsman service. Never having used their service (knock wood), so Dawg you want to chim in here?

  5. DontHate!!!! August 28, 2018 6:09 pm

    First of all, no one here knows the real story. She wasn’t there to kidnap nor trying to take a child for human trafficking or body parts. She was there to take her own daughter, being that her kids all got taken away by CPS for about a year now and she also just had a baby a few weeks ago who is also under CPS.So before any of you ignorant people make assumptions know your facts. Women who suffer from postpartum depression and loss of their children can do crazy things and make mistakes. That little girl she had ahold of looked a lot like her daughter whom she hadn’t seen in almost a year. Don’t get me wrong I ain’t defending the lady but no one knows what someone is going through so don’t judge to hard until you know the facts..

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