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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kidnap victim texted mom

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

A 17-year-old boy who was allegedly handcuffed and stuffed in the trunk of a car Saturday managed to send numerous text messages to his mother, telling her that he loved her and that he was about to die, police said.

Two men, Andrew J. Rodriguez, 18, of 'Aiea, and Bladesin-Isaiah Bailey, 19, of Salt Lake, were charged yesterday in connection with the case. Each was charged with kidnapping and second-degree assault. Bail for each was set at $20,000.

Rodriguez and Bailey are scheduled to make their initial appearance in District Court this morning.

The incident began about 9:40 a.m. Saturday when witnesses told police they saw two men grab a male and force him into the trunk of a white Chevrolet Impala in the parking lot of the Waiau District Park.

While in the trunk, the boy managed to use his cell phone to call 911, according to a police affidavit.

The youth said he was handcuffed and identified his assailants as "Goliath" and "Bladesin," the affidavit said. The boy also called his mother to let her know that he was in trouble, the affidavit said.

"They took me from the house. I'm in the trunk and I'm scared," the boy told his mother.

Over a half-hour period, the woman received four text messages from her son, she told police. The first read "white Impala" and the second "In the car, handcuffed in the trunk. I love you mommy."

As time went on, the messages from the boy grew grim.

"I'm gonna die, mom. I don't know where I at," he wrote. The boy's final text at 10:41 identified his assailants as "Andrew and Bladesin," the affidavit said.

Police were able to trace the cell phone to the Salt Lake area and officers were told to be on the lookout for the white Impala.

An officer said the car drove by him on Salt Lake Boulevard and Lawehana Street about 11 a.m., prompting the officer to make a U-turn and pull the vehicle over, the affidavit said.

With guns drawn, the two officers in the police car ordered the car's occupants out of the vehicle and arrested them without incident. Police identified Rodriguez as the driver and Bailey as the passenger.

The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Police did not provide a motive for the alleged kidnapping.