Savannah man captures sex predator in Hawaii

Savannah man captures sex predator in Hawaii

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A Savannah man is being hailed a hero in Hawaii.

Police say Brandon Spears saved two young girls from a man who exposed himself at an elementary school.

The suspect is 21-year-old Elihjah Spriggs-Kahalewai.

"Pants off, it was a very weird situation so at that point it was something we had to pay attention too," said Spears.

Spears says he saw a man acting suspiciously near an elementary school, so he called authorities and started following him across the playground.  He then watched the man go into the girl's bathroom.

"I had that weird feeling in the back of my neck like this is bad," said Spears.

When the girls screamed, Spears jumped into action.

"I just sprinted as fast as I could to the bathroom.  My flip-flops came flying off, my sunglasses, and I was just screaming for him to get out of the bathroom," said Spears.

And the man did, but he didn't go down without a fight.

"He pulled up his pants and started running.  I ended up chasing him down," said Spears.

Spears held him until authorities arrived. After it was all said and done Spears sent his father, who lives in Savannah, a text explaining what happened.

"It didn't surprise me that Brandon would do something like that, but extremely, extremely proud," said Phillip Spears.

Brandon Spears says he's not a hero.

"I like to think anyone else would've done it," he said.

However, Phillip Spears says his son certainly is.

"Absolutely 100 percent he's a hero. Absolutely 100 percent."
Elijah Spriggs-Kahalewai is now in custody facing charges.

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