Feds Nab Hawaii Pimp on the Lam in Houston

Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center

After more than a year on the run, a Hawaii pimp who was found guilty in one of Honolulu's most high-profile prostitution cases has been caught.

U.S. Marshals arrested Joseph Vaimili, 29, on Tuesday morning at a home in a north Houston suburb.

Vaimili faced trial in July 2010 for promoting prostitution, terroristic threatening, using a firearm and two counts of kidnapping. But he fled town on the day of opening arguments. Because the trial had already begun, the judge ordered the trial to continue without him. He was convicted in absentia of all counts and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A Crimestoppers tip helped lead U.S. Marshals to Vaimili, who was staying in a two-story house with a topless dancer, officials said.

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