A Hawaii teen who everybody was kidnapped at knifepoint Friday was saved in the morning with a man along with a lady who recognized her and walked directly into help.
KHON-TV, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now all reported on Saturday’s save of Mikella Debina, 15.
Debina and her boyfriend were on the secluded beach near Anaehoomalu Bay the prior mid-day whenever a man having a knife purchased her to tie him up and blindfold him, based on police.
The person then left the shore using the girl, based on the reports.
Local news outlets reporting on Debina’s alleged kidnapping ran photos from the kidnapped teen, along with a MAILE AMBER Alert was issued.
On Saturday, Debina and her alleged captor walked into Coffee shop Pesto in Hilo seeking a table, and Bridge Hartman, center host, understood something was amiss.
When Debina, who had been outfitted in designer clothing, began to battle using the man, it clicked for Hartman. “I yelled out, ‘That’s the lady. This is the Amber Alert girl,'” he remembered.
Kori Takaki, who had been getting lunch in the restaurant, also sprung into action. Together with Hartman, she helped hurry Debina to the rear of center and from the suspect, 52-year-old Duncan Mahi.
Meanwhile, someone had already known as 911, and Hartman advised restaurant patrons nearby to seize onto Mahi because he and Takaki moved the lady to safety.
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Mikella’s mother, Cher Angelel, hailed the happy couple as “heroes,” noting Hartman and Takaki “ripped her away” from Mahi.
Police showed up and arrested Mahi, charging him with two counts of kidnapping, and single counts of first-degree sex assault, terroristic threatening, robbery, and meth trafficking.
It had been unclear Tuesday if he’d joined pleas towards the charges or were built with a lawyer who could speak on his account.
Mahi has been held on $two million bail.