4 arrested for kidnapping, assault incident in HPP

  • Joanna Kawelo
  • Misty Kamalamela
  • Tammy Hodson
  • Joel White

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 of May.

On May 31, 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.

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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. 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, was located and arrested this morning in Nanawale Estates in the Puna District.

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Hodson 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.

Kamelamela 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.

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.

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Kawelo, of Pahoa, 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.

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

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