A safety alert for East Honolulu students and their parents.
Honolulu police have opened a sex assault investigation after a man reportedly exposed himself to two Niu Valley Middle School students Wednesday afternoon.
The students told police they were walking to a bus stop when a man approached them in a car, tried to pick them up, and exposed himself before driving off.
KHON2 went down to Niu Valley Middle School Wednesday. People in the neighborhood say they’re shocked, and have always known the area as a safe community.
The sister of one of the victims did not want to be identified but wanted to get the word out that it happened.
She says a man drove up to the two girls and first asked them what time it was, which the girls ignored. He then asked if they needed a ride, so they looked over to him to say no.
“They saw that he didn’t have any pants on. He exposed himself to them and he was touching himself and they continued to walk and he continued to drive back towards Niu Valley Middle School,” she said.
The suspect is described as a man, possibly in his 70s. He may have been driving a black Cadillac that had some rust on the edges.
The victim’s family wants the community to be on the lookout to prevent this from happening again.
“Oh my goodness, I was infuriated. I would never want this to happen to any child and the most difficult thing is that he hasn’t been found,” said the victim’s sister.
KHON2 asked the principal how the school is handling the situation and he referred us to the Department of Education.
A department spokeswoman said all the staff and the parents have been notified.
The students were also given safety tips. They were warned not to talk to strangers, and to always be aware of their surroundings. Go straight home from school after classes, and always travel in groups.
News of the incident made some of the parents uneasy.
“It’s a little unnerving. I always thought that this valley was a little safer than that,” said parent Paul Yamamoto.
“I would think twice about letting him catch the bus,” said grandparent Ginger Kahunahana, “(Because of what happened) and because it’s so far out to the highway. Too many sick people.”
HPD is also investigating a possible kidnapping attempt near Kapolei Elementary School.
A man reportedly tried to grab a student Wednesday morning, but the boy got away unharmed.
Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call police.