Eyewitnesses describe assault, kidnap in Makakilo

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Mar 22 2013 10:24:00 PM HST

It all started months ago when an inmate with the work furlough program failed to return to a Hawaii prison. Leslie Dabis was apprehended tonight in Makakilo.

MAKAKILO, Hawaii -

The woman who was kidnapped in Makakilo was arrested on several counts of contempt Friday afternoon.

Roommates in the house in Makakilo said they woke up to complete chaos at 8:30 Friday morning. Joey Diaz, who lives in the house, said Leslie Dabis and another man, stormed into their housemate's room yelling at him and his girlfriend. Dabis was screaming that he owed him money.

"I heard her screaming and they were yelling too at them," said Diaz.

When the man didn't hand over the cash, Diaz said Dabis went outside, got a bat, and went back into the home swinging.

The roommates said Dabis pushed the victim against the wall and began beating him.

"They said not to hit him anymore. It was less than five minutes, and they were gone," said Diaz.

Investigators said the two men kidnapped the woman. The badly beaten man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Late Friday afternoon, police arrested Leslie Dabis on a street in Kalihi. They had been looking for him for some time -- the 38-year-old had escaped from OCCC in January.

At the time, he was part of a furlough program that allows inmates to leave the jail during the day to reintegrate back into society. Police said he left the prison for a job interview and never returned.

The roommates said Dabis is the woman's ex-boyfriend. She was found late Friday afternoon unharmed, near Vineyard Boulevard. The other male suspect remains at large.

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