Court documents released Monday, March 20, reveal more information about the alleged kidnapping case involving a Hawaii Island mother and her three young children.
Three suspects were arrested for the incident, including the children’s father, 30-year-old Israel Allen Chapson.
Police say the victims were lured to meet Chapson after he requested to see his kids.
The 25-year-old mother says she and her children were held against their will for five days in a shack in Mountain View.
“There were no facilities, no toiletries, no food, unless it was given to them by the captors,” said Capt. Randall Medeiros, Hawaii Police Department.
The victim describes in the court documents as being “tapped” on her temple with a hammer by Chapson, her estranged boyfriend.
Two of her children also made statements. Her 8-year-old son said he was “struck with a belt to his back” and her 6-year-old son said he “thought he would die if he did not escape.”
Police say the four of them managed to escape when the suspects weren’t paying attention. They ran to the closest road and flagged down a driver for help.
On Monday, March 13, police officers were called to Hilo Medical Center where they met the family, who was being treated for minor injuries.
On Thursday, March 16, Chapson was charged with four counts of kidnapping, two counts of felony abuse of a family/household member, two counts of third degree promoting a dangerous drug, one count of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia and one count of third degree promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $251,000.
The other two suspects, Chevy Iaukea and Joseph Soares, both 29, were each charged with four counts of kidnapping.
We dug into court records and learned the female victim had filed two restraining orders against Chapson. The latest TRO was good for three years, and was set to expire in a few weeks.
“(Kidnapping) happens from time to time, but this exact circumstance with multiple victims and multiple suspects is an unusual occurrence,” Medeiros said.
Nanci Kriedman with the Domestic Violence Action Center says this is a clear case of domestic violence.
“This woman did what the community asks women and moms to do, which is to get the court’s protection,” she said. “I’m so sorry that she suffered this way, and that the children were tormented this way. It’s very, very important that we listen to women who are living with abusers. They know best how serious and potentially lethal the abuser can be.”
According to Medeiros, police are “still looking at some aspects to get a better indication of the motivation” of Iaukea and Soares.
Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.