Hawaii fugitive arrested in Houston

September 28, 2011 8:07:16 AM PDT
A Hawaii man convicted of kidnapping, promoting prostitution and other crimes is being held at a Texas jail to be extradited back to the islands.

U.S. Marshals arrested Joseph Faauga Vaimili at a home in Houston on Tuesday. The 29-year-old from Waipahu has been wanted for more than a year.

The Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force says Vaimili fled Hawaii two days before he was scheduled to appear for trial. In the meantime, the trial went forward without him and a Honolulu jury convicted him of two counts of kidnapping, carrying or use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, first-degree promoting prostitution and first-degree terroristic threatening.

He faces a sentence of 40 to 50 years in prison.

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