Fugitive sweep of Maui nets nearly 50 arrests

Forty-eight fugitives were arrested last week as part of a four-day operation by the U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force.

The sweep of Maui island cleared 57 outstanding state warrants, according to an announcement from the U.S. Marshals Service. The suspects were taken into custody for a variety of charges, including drug and sex offenses as well as robbery and probation violation.

Maui, Kauai and Hawaii county officers took part in the operation as well as state sheriffs and members of Hawaii’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

Among those arrested was Wailuku resident Christopher Valdez, 27, on charges of two counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. He was arrested without incident at his residence Monday, according to the task force.

Valdez remained in custody at the Maui Community Correctional Center with his bail set at $500,000.

In 2006, Valdez was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and was on probation when he was arrested last week, task force officials said.

Also Monday, Kahului resident Erwin Javier Acio, 35, was arrested on three outstanding warrants for criminal contempt of court, failure to appear and violation of supervised release. Acio was initially arrested for drug-related charges, according to task force officials.

Acio was in custody at MCCC on Saturday, with his bail set at $700,000.

On Wednesday, task force officers located and arrested Lahaina resident Kingsley Lindsey, 20, on charges of felony assault and a probation violation warrant, officials said. Lindsey attempted to escape out a residence window, but he was caught immediately.

He remained in custody Saturday at MCCC, with his bail set at $70,000.

Lindsey’s girlfriend, mother and stepfather were arrested for first-degree hindering prosecution and were booked at the Wailuku Police Station.