A couple was charged Saturday for their alleged involvement in the brutal murder of 51-year-old teacher Telma Boinville, who was found tied up and beaten with a baseball bat in Hawaii on Thursday.
Stephen Brown, 23, and his girlfriend, Hailey Dandurand, 20, are facing second-degree murder charges, as well as kidnapping and burglary charges after Telma Boinville was found dead in North Shore. Police say Brown and Dandurand tied up Boinville and her 8-year-old daughter, beat Boinville with a bat, then fled the scene in a Toyota truck.
Police showed the 8-year-old photos of Brown and Dandurand, and she allegedly confirmed they were the pair that tied her up and put duct tape over her mouth.
Island residents found the truck within five hours, and police located the suspects. Brian Emery, the victim’s brother-in-law, said they were able to narrow the suspects quickly because of Brown’s appearance and the community’s help.
“It’s a small island and I put out a shout out on my Instagram for anyone that can find the suspect,” Emery told KITV. “Everyone sent me pictures based on Makana, who was tied up upstairs, she knew that the guy had green hair so it breaks it down to small margin.”
According to court records, Brown has a criminal history of violence, and had two outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest. He was charged with abuse in June after his then-girlfriend found him drunk at home, and when he woke up, he began punching her in the face. Her left cheek and right hand were injured, but the case was later dismissed in court.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Brown was born in Ohio and lived in Florida for a time before moving to Hawaii. There, he worked as a dishwasher and bartender.
The couple is being held with $1 million and $500,000 bails, respectively. KHON was present when police arrested the couple, and captured the arrest here: