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Man charged with kidnapping

September 22, 2017 - 10:57am

On Thursday, at 3:40 p.m., Hawaii Island police charged 19-year-old David John Erlenbach with kidnapping, two counts of abuse of a family or household member, second-degree terroristic threatening and harassment by stalking.

At approximately 1:15 a.m., Wednesday morning, a 19-year-old female reported that an adult male known to her held her against her will within his vehicle. While on Kinoʻole Street near the intersection with Lanikāula Street, after several failed attempts to get out of the car, she was able to unlock the door, exit the vehicle and immediately began yelling for help. She received the assistance of nearby residents who called police as the suspect fled the area.

Erlenbach is being held at the H ilo cellblock in lieu of $66,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for today.

Police ask anyone with any knowledge about this investigation to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at (808) 961-2278 or via email at

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