Grand Jury Indicts Man Accused Of Injecting Drugs Into Teenager

Published On: Oct 18 2011 04:10:42 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 19 2011 07:10:29 AM HST

An Oahu grand jury indicted a 26-year-old man Tuesday, in connection with a bizarre overdose case involving a 14-year-old runaway girl.

Matthew Kratz is accused of injecting the girl with hard drugs over a four-day period.

Kratz met the 14-year old girl in Waikiki on Oct. 4, according to court documents.

The girl was a runaway who stayed with Kratz at an apartment building at 2421 Ala Wai Blvd. between Oct. 4 and 7, documents said.

During that time the girl asked Kratz for crack cocaine and he gave her the drug and pipe to smoke it with on two occasions, prosecutors said. Prosecutors also said the girl asked Kratz for methamphetamine and that Kratz went out to purchase the drug and injected the girl with a mixture of meth and water.

Paramedics rushed the girl to the Queen's Medical Center on Oct. 7 for a drug overdose.

According to court documents, urine test results released by the girl's mother, reveal the girl had methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in her system.

Court documents also said the girl provided police with a statement detailing her drug addiction and admitting she willingly allowed Kratz to inject her with the illegal drugs.

Police found Kratz with the help of the girl's mother and the girl identified Kratz in a photo lineup, court documents said.

Kratz is charged with three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of meth trafficking and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Kratz is being held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, unable to post $200,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Kratz has 32 prior arrests and nine misdemeanor convictions.


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