Kaua‘i woman accused of assisting murder suspect who led police on an islandwide manhunt
A 40-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to providing aid to a Kaua‘i man while on the run for murder.
Chris Santos eluded local and federal authorities for 10 days following the fatal shooting of Kith Silva-Lacro, 28, of Kalāheo, on Sept. 7, on Kahili Mountain Road. In cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service and FBI, Kaua‘i police located Santos Sunday while he was driving in the vicinity of the Kekaha Beach Park.
Santos was shot by police after failing to surrender to authorities. He was taken to Wilcox Medical Center for treatment.
On Tuesday, Tiannah Iida was arrested and Released Pending Investigation.
Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison.
Police believe that Iida assisted Santos, which includes, but may not be limited to, providing money, transportation, weapons, disguises, or other means of avoiding discovery, apprehension, prosecution or conviction.
“Even though Chris Santos is in custody, this operation is not over,” said U.S. Marshals Service Hawai‘i U.S. Marshal William Jessup. “The U.S. Marshals Task Force will continue to be here on the island with KPD to investigate and apprehend all individuals who helped and aided Santos while on the run. It might be today, tomorrow, next week, or next month; just know we will be coming for you.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact KPD Dispatch at 808-241-1711 or the General Crimes Lieutenant at 808-241-1683. Those wishing to remain anonymous can provide information by calling Crime Stoppers Kauaʻi at 808-246-8300, submitting a tip at cskauai.org, or through the Crime Stoppers Kauaʻi P3 Tips Mobile App, available for download on Android and Apple mobile devices.
Updates will be provided when more information is available.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect a correction issued by the Kaua‘i Police Department.