It’s all mixed reactions when ‘Mikella Debina Found, Great Escape After Good Samaritans Saw Her Crying At Cafe Pesto in Hawaii-‘ A MISSING 15-year-old was saved from her suspected kidnapper when two good samaritans saw her crying in a restaurant on Saturday, 17th September 2022, they intervened to save her from her alleged kidnapper.
Mikella Debina Found, A Great Escape After Good Samaritans Saw Her Crying At Cafe Pesto in Hawaii
The general manager of local restaurant Cafe Pesto said that one of his employees located the missing girl after noticing some strange behavior around 11 am.
Bridge Hartman, who works as a host, was on alert when the suspect, who has been identified as Duncan Mahi, was acting uncomfortably at the front of the restaurant alongside Mikella.
When Mikella started to cry, Hartman determined who she was and jumped into action, grabbing her and yelling at everyone in the restaurant to chase after Mahi.
Kori Takaki was nearby eating lunch when she witnessed the scuffle and ran over to help.
“It all just happened so fast, where he was bringing her in, and he said, ‘This is her. This is her.’ And I was like, oh my gosh,” Takaki told KHON.
By the time Takaki rushed over, Mikella had recovered. Mahi then ran out to his car and sped away, sparking a county-wide manhunt.
“Kori Takaki, she’s our hero as well as another young man that ripped her away from her abductor,” Mikella’s mother Cher Angeles said.
Takaki stayed with Mikella in the back room of the restaurant while the police were on their way.
“She seemed really scared,” Takaki said.
“She was shaking. But she seemed I mean, as good as I could imagine.”
Police took her to Hilo Medical Center where she was reunited with her family.
announced Mikella’s recovery to a crowd of people who were assisting with the search.
“We saw her on Facetime. She smiled and waved. She’s okay!” Angelel said while fighting back tears.
Police announced later on Saturday that they had captured suspected kidnapper Duncan Mahi.
Mahi’s arrest comes after Mikella was allegedly taken at knifepoint Friday at the beach in Anaehoomalu Bay while she was with her boyfriend.
Mikella’s aunt Lauren told Hawaii News now her niece and her boyfriend were at the beach when a suspect approached them.
She said the girl was forced to tie up her boyfriend before she was abducted.
She said: “He had my niece tie up her boyfriend, blindfold him, and then took her.”
She added that police detected a signal from the teenager’s phone near the Kona airport about 20 miles away.
A bag with her dress inside was also found nearby.
People desperately searched for the girl all Friday night before she was found.