Second man charged in Kihei incident


A second suspect was arrested and charged Thursday in connection with an attempt to lure two schoolgirls into a car in Kihei.

Michael Evangelista, 45, who gave a Napili address, was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree custodial interference, police records show. His bail was set at $10,000.

Evangelista was identified as the driver of a black 1994 Mercedes two-door coupe that approached the 6th- and 7th-grade girls as they were walking on Aliilani Place to a bus stop at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday, according to court documents.

His front-seat passenger, identified as Edward J. Martin, 39, of Kihei, reportedly tried to persuade the girls to get into the car, telling one girl that her parents were in the car, police said.

The girls had reached the school bus stop at Aliilani Place and Kenolio Road, where a parent was waiting with her child, when the car left, according to police.

At Lokelani Intermediate School, the girls reported what happened to police school resource officer Nichole Comilang. She found the black Mercedes fronting a residence in the 1100 block of South Kihei Road and talked to Evangelista, who confirmed he had been driving Martin in the car that morning, according to court documents.

Martin, who was arrested Tuesday at Waipuilani Park in Kihei, is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center. He is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree custodial interference.