JPD arrest man wanted in Kansas for child pornography charge

JPD arrest man wanted in Kansas for child pornography charge

He’s being held without bail, soon to be extradited.

The Juneau Police Department, working with the Alaska State Troopers, arrested a man Tuesday wanted in Kansas.

Kekoa Kupaianaha Fujimori, 24, was arrested in a hotel on the 9000 block of Glacier Highway without incident by officers of the JPD, said Lt. Krag Cambell in a Facebook post. He was wanted by the Hiawatha Police Department for child pornography charges.

“I don’t know exactly how he was located, but we worked with AST to learn he was working at a mining company near Juneau,” Campbell said. “I believe we contacted AST because the thinking was the person with the warrant was out of Juneau, or outside the CBJ boundaries. They have some planes and boats that can sometimes help transport us.”

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Fujimori was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. He’s being held without bail awaiting extradition to Kansas. People fleeing warrants in the Lower 48 are not entirely uncommon in Alaska, Campbell said.

“I think they believe the warrant isn’t going to follow them. But, those states have to be willing to extradite the person back,” Campbell said. “Many times, someone might have a warrant and the state where the warrant came from either doesn’t want them back, or the warrant is for low-level charges and they aren’t going to pay the money to fly someone back.”

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or lockett@juneauempire.com.

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