3 Oahu men facing felony abuse charges

Three Oahu men are facing felony abuse charges after all three were arrested in separate cases for abusing women in front of children under the age of 14.

Brickwood Higashi, 26, of Waianae, 29-year-old Scott James of Kalihi and 34-year-old Neal Labrador of Ewa Beach were arrested Wednesday in the separate abuse cases.

All three have yet to be charged.

Act 117 was signed into law by Gov. Abercrombie on 6/20/2014. The law amends §709-906 Abuse of family or household members; penalty and adds the following:

“Where physical abuse occurs in the presence of any family or household member who is less than fourteen years of age, abuse of a family or household member is a class C felony.”

The bill’s description:

“Requires a police officer to make reasonable inquiry of witnesses and the family or household member upon whom physical abuse or harm is believed to have been inflicted and order a no-contact period of forty-eight hours. Makes the commission of an act of physical abuse in the presence of a family or household member who is a minor under the age of fourteen a class C felony. (HB1993 CD1)”

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