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Man arrested in alleged Kalihi machete attack

By Star-Advertiser staff and the Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 8:58 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2011

Honolulu police arrested a 24-year-old Salt Lake man for attempted murder outside a Kalihi home Wednesday night.

Police said the suspect drove to a home in Kalihi on Eluwene Street just before 11 p.m. and met with a group of his friends.

The suspect confronted a 23-year-old man and accused him of stealing from him, police said.

Witness Dennis Erbano told Hawaii News Now the victim pulled out a machete and sliced the 23-year-old victim on his ear, face and collarbone.

Police arrested suspect in the Salt Lake area for attempted murder and a contempt of court charge. His criminal record includes a petty misdemeanor conviction for drunken driving in 2003.

The victim is at the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.

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