Maui sex assault fugitive found in Thailand
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 02:02:27 PM HST
The U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force says it assisted the Maui Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Maui Police Department in locating a man wanted for sexually assaulting a minor.
On Feb. 7, 2012, Maui Police Department received a complaint that alleges Steven Strike of Paia sexually molested a minor for over a year. Strike was questioned by MPD and subsequently arrested for continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of fourteen years. After being booked and processed at MPD, Strike was released pending further investigation.
On Feb. 1, Steven Strike was indicted by a Maui grand jury for the alleged sexual assault. Maui police were unable to locate the whereabouts of Strike and learned that a few days after his initial arrest that he fled the state.
In October 2013, the Maui Prosecuting Attorney's Office requested the assistance of the Hawaii Fugitive Task Force. The investigation lead the Task Force from Paia, Maui to Tempe, Ariz. and then finally to Bangkok, Thailand.
The Fugitive Task Force reached out to the Department of State, Regional Security Officer in Bangkok, and on Dec. 1, the Regional Security Officer and a Thailand Immigration Authority located and arrested Strike at a residence in Pattaya, Thailand. Strike had been hiding and residing in Pattaya for the past 21 months.
On Thursday, Strike was extradited back to Hawaii and was being held at the Maui Police Department cellblock awaiting his initial appearance hearing. He was being held without bail.
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