Suspect turns herself in, 2nd still at large in Maui robbery, kidnapping investigation

Ashley Ramos

UPDATE 3/31/17: Maui police have arrested a second suspect in the case. View the update here.

One of two suspects wanted in a kidnapping and robbery investigation on Maui has turned herself in.

According to the Maui Police Department, Lahaina resident Ashley Ramos turned herself into police on Wednesday, March 22, at around 4:30 p.m.

The 19-year-old was allegedly caught on surveillance video in connection with the robbery and kidnapping of a couple from California.

Ashley Ramos

On Wednesday, March 15, at around 6:50 p.m., the couple, both 25, said a man and woman wearing masks approached them at Nakalele Point. According to police, the male suspect brandished a firearm and robbed the couple at gunpoint.

Police said the suspects then forced the couple to travel to different locations, where they were ordered to purchase undisclosed items.

The male suspect did not enter any of the locations, however the female suspect, allegedly Ramos, entered one location. The Maui Police Department released surveillance photos and video prior to her arrest.

The victims were later released uninjured by their captors, with their rental vehicle, at an unknown location. Upon returning to their hotel, they contacted police.

Ramos was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree terroristic threatening, and kidnapping. Her bail was set at $39,000.

Police say the male suspect is still at large. He is described to be in his 30s, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, and approximately 180 lbs. with short, dark hair.

Police stress the public should not approach the suspect, and if you have any information about this incident, call Maui police at 244-6400 or 911 in an emergency.

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