Woman attacked, sexually assaulted near home in broad daylight

An Oahu woman was the victim of a violent attack and Honolulu Police want to find the suspect before it happens again.

Roger Lao studies the sketch of a man police say is wanted for sex assault and kidnapping.

“I don’t think I’d be worried at 10:30 in the morning, but after hearing this it’s something to think about,” Lao said.

A woman who lives by his block was attacked Tuesday morning. Police say she was heading into her apartment on Ahana Street when a man came up from behind and struck her, knocking her to the ground. He then sexually assaulted her and ran off.

“A big concern. I haven’t heard about it, don’t hear much of anything in this area as far as crime, so it’s scary,” Ahana Street resident Jesse Lugue said.

The suspect is believed to be in his 20s, about 6 feet-3 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds with black-spiky hair and brown eyes.

What has residents most concerned is that this attack happened in broad daylight on a street that’s normally quiet.

“It’s a safe neighborhood. I’ve been here 2 years surprisingly this section of town is quiet,” said Ahana Street resident Diana Nguyen.

Nearby, when the sun goes down, the Ala Moana area has been the scene of several crimes. In the past few months there have been three stabbings and a hit-and-run crash. The neighborhood board says the area averages about 26 assaults a month, which is almost one a day.

“Around Keeaumoku area, stabbings I’ve heard of is at around the bars at four in morning, but nothing at broad daylight at 10:30,” Lao said.

Residents KHON2 spoke with were unaware that the sex assault suspect is still on the loose, which has them on edge.

“It would be nice if all the managers in this area would inform their tenants. This is disturbing,” Lugue said.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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