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Man attacks four outside Kona bar with cow's femur, police say

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:12 p.m. HST, Dec 28, 2011

A Hawaii man was charged with four counts of assault after allegedly attacking a group of men with what is believed to be a cow’s thighbone, police on the Big Island said Wednesday.

Officers responded to a report of a brawl outside a Kailua-Kona bar on Christmas Eve and arrived to find four men with injuries from an attack. Bar patrons were holding Gregory Haas, 45, who witnesses told police attacked the men with the bone.

“He did indicate that he did actually find it in pastureland here in the Kona area,” Lt. Gerald Wike said Wednesday. The weapon was recovered at the scene and taken as evidence. Police are sure it’s a bone from a large animal and are trying to determine with certainty that it’s from a cow.

“It’s unusual someone using that as a weapon,” he said. “This is the first that I have experienced an assault taking place with what appears to be an animal bone.”

The attack in the Gold Coast Center parking lot was “unprovoked,” Wike said, adding that Haas appeared to be intoxicated.

One of the victims, 40, was hit in the head and airlifted to a Honolulu hospital in critical condition. He has since been discharged and returned to the Big Island, Wike said. Another man, 25, was treated at Kona Community Hospital for cuts to his head and released. Two others, 65 and 49, received injuries that did not require medical attention.

Haas was charged with one count of first-degree assault and three counts of second-degree assault.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, according to the Hawaii County prosecuting attorney’s office. Haas could not be reached Wednesday at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, where he is being held in lieu of $55,000 bail.

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st1d wrote:
almost biblical. but instead of samson, just a simian. meanwhile, pelosi was spotted in kona, limping. coincidence?
on December 28,2011 | 06:33AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
Assault with a dead weapon?
on December 28,2011 | 07:07AM
motoxdad wrote:
oooga woooga
on December 28,2011 | 07:31AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
He was having a cow!
on December 28,2011 | 08:46AM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
This article is pretty uninformative. Tells only of the aftermath, but doesn't elucidate on the circumstances. Did a nut job just walk up to 4 people cruising outside the bar and assault them? Did he get mad at them inside the bar and then go home to get his weapon of choice? Geez, at least do some investigative work.
on December 28,2011 | 10:00AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Maybe some of those neighbor island politicians will now try to create a law to regulate cow bones...
on December 28,2011 | 10:22AM
Papakolea wrote:
I agree. Our lawmakers will probably form a task force to study whether there should be regulations about carrying a concealed cow bone...or maybe they'll just tax it.
on December 28,2011 | 10:33AM
Papakolea wrote:
I guess he had a bone to pick with them.
on December 28,2011 | 03:55PM
kuewa wrote:
Living proof that some humans mated with neanderthals.
on December 28,2011 | 07:22PM
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