Suspect in kidnapping case charged with murder in Maili investigation

Honolulu police have charged a man for the murder of an 18-year-old in Maili.

Police previously released a CrimeStoppers alert identifying Kamaua Van Gieson, 20, as the suspect in a kidnapping that occurred in Kapolei.

Police confirmed Thursday that he is also suspected of murdering Dustin Molina.

Molina’s body was found early Tuesday morning on the beach behind a residential neighborhood near Maili Beach Park.

Van Gieson was arrested at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, on Moanalua Road. He was charged with murder on Saturday.

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Police say the kidnapping occurred on Sunday, Dec. 3, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Police say Van Gieson met his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Kapolei Commons so she could get her belongings back.

She entered the suspect’s vehicle to get the items and tried to leave, but police say Van Gieson grabbed her clothing, pulled her back into the vehicle, and began to drive away.

Police say when she tried to get out, Van Gieson placed a knife against her body and threatened to kill her.

“The victim was actually able to escape when the suspect had been stopped in traffic,” said Sgt. Chris Kim with CrimeStoppers. “She then gets out of the vehicle and runs to an officer who was actually servicing another call nearby.”

Van Gieson has not been charged in the kidnapping case.

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