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Monday, September 21, 2009

[HI] Ex-Police Officer Bonachita may not have killed Lauren Keala Megumi Kagawa, but he managed to make her afraid that she was going to die

Lauren Keala Megumi Kagawa

...In her hand-written filing of the TRO document, Kagawa said [Ex-Kaua‘i Police Officer Joseph] Bonachita had sexually assaulted her and choked her neck to the point where she thought she "was going to die."... Bonachita, 41, of Hanapepe, was charged Monday night with first-degree burglary, two counts of carrying a deadly weapon, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, illegal transfer of a weapon, and having an unloaded firearm and ammunition in illegal places to have such items...

Indictment: Bonachita pulled knife on Kagawa ‘South Park’ creator Parker also threatened
By Paul Curtis - The Garden Island
September 19, 2009 1:23 PM HST
[Excerpts] LIHU‘E — Former Kaua‘i Police Department officer Joseph G. Bonachita allegedly broke into the Wailua home of “South Park” creator Randolph “Trey” Parker and threatened both Parker and the late Lauren Kagawa with a knife, according to a grand jury indictment. The alleged incident took place July 1, the same day Bonachita was arrested on a first-degree burglary charge for breaking into and remaining in Parker’s home, according to police arrest records and the indictment. The same incident is referred to in the hand-written temporary restraining order document Kagawa filed against Bonachita, identifying him as an ex-boyfriend and Parker as a friend. Bonachita, 41, of Hanapepe, was arrested Monday as a result of that grand jury indictment, which included additional weapons and ammunition charges. He is free after posting $25,000 bail, and his first court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Sept. 29 before 5th Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano... Kagawa was found dead in the driveway of her Ho‘okena subdivision duplex in Puhi the morning of Aug. 17. A toxicology report found the cause of death to be a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. The Kaua‘i Police Department is continuing its investigation. Bonachita has not been identified as either a suspect or person of interest in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on Kagawa’s whereabouts from late Sunday evening, Aug. 16, to early Monday morning, Aug. 17, is asked to contact KPD Detective Joe Adric, 241-1868, KPD dispatch, 241-1711, or Crime Stoppers, 241-1887. [Full article here]

Former Kauai police officer arrested on burglary, weapons charges
Honolulu Advertiser, The Garden Island
By Paul Curtis
Friday, September 18, 2009
[Excerpts] A former Kauai police officer was arrested this week on burglary and weapons charges. Police records show Joseph Genaro Bonachita, 41, of Hanapepe, was charged Monday night with first-degree burglary, two counts of carrying a deadly weapon, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, illegal transfer of a weapon, and having an unloaded firearm and ammunition in illegal places to have such items. The arrest came as the result of a grand-jury warrant... Bonachita was the subject of a temporary restraining order filed by the late Lauren Kagawa, 27, who was found dead in the driveway of her family's Puhi duplex Aug. 17... Police originally suspected foul play in the Kagawa case, and police Chief Darryl Perry said yesterday that investigators are still trying to piece together what happened over several hours from Sunday night, Aug. 16, to Monday morning, Aug. 17... In her hand-written filing of the TRO document, Kagawa said Bonachita had sexually assaulted her and choked her neck to the point where she thought she "was going to die." Bonachita has not been named as either a suspect or person of interest in the investigation into Kagawa's death, but has not been ruled out as a suspect or possible person of interest in the case... [Full article here]
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3 comments:

  1. I was this woman's preschool teacher. Her father was also murdered, when she was a child. The outrage of this injustice is mind-boggling.The current investigation is saying she died of a drug overdose?!?! SHe was found beaten and strangled! neighbors heard her screaming! so sad for her mother. too much loss

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    1. AnonymousJune 25, 2014

      I am outraged, so is the island of Kauai.

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  2. Total injustice and police cover up.

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