UPDATE: Police arrest Duncan Mahi, wanted for kidnapping


UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Police report Duncan Keala Mahi has been arrested in Hilo.

UPDATE 2:06 p.m.: Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Duncan Kealoha Mahi. M-52.


The 52-year-old man is wanted for the alleged kidnapping of 15-year-old Mikella Debina, as well as outstanding warrants.

Mahi was last seen at around 11:30 a.m. today in downtown Hilo, driving a white Honda CRV, license plate no. ZAE959.

He is described as 5-foot-11 inches tall, 215 pounds, with brown eyes andbrown hair, and tattoos on both arms.

Mahi should be considered armed and dangeroous, and should not be approached by the public.

If he or his vehicle are seen, call 911.


Fifteen-year-old Mikella Debina, who was allegedly abducted Friday afternoon from Anaehoomalu Bay in South Kohala, was located in good health Saturday morning in Downtown Hilo.

Debina’s mother, Cher, who was at a search effort near Anaehoomalu Bay Saturday morning, told West Hawaii Today that her daughter, a Kealakehe High School student, had escaped. She said Mikella Debina, who was allegedly taken at knifepoint while with her boyfriend, had told her abductor that she was hungry and needed something to eat, which prompted the man, believed to be local in his 40s to 60s, to stop at Cafe Pesto in Hilo.

While the man went to get food, Mikella Debina remained in the car. As soon as the suspect entered the establishment, she fled the vehicle, the mother said. A Good Samaritan then recognized the girl and took her from the area and notified police.

The mother and another family member were sent via helicopter to meet with the teen in Hilo.

There is no word on the suspect, however, the girl was reportedly able to provide a license plate number to police.

Mikella Debina’s reported abduction triggered Hawaii Island’s first-ever Amber Alert issued Friday afternoon informing the community of the missing, endangered 15-year-old, police confirmed.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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