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Police release man in Waikiki fatal stabbing

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:08 a.m. HST, Jan 24, 2012

A 39-year-old man who fatally stabbed an Oahu man following a confrontation over a stolen bag has been released pending further investigation, Honolulu police Capt. Britt Nishijo said.

Killed was Brycen Iona, 20, of Kaneohe.

Iona died due to a stab wound to his chest, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said.

Police said Iona was part of a group who was walking near the concession area of Queen's Surf about 2:25 a.m. Sunday and stole a bag and ran to their car.

The owner of the bag confronted them and an argument ensued, police said.

Police allege that Iona struck the owner, and the owner stabbed Iona and another man.

The bag owner fled but was found a few blocks away on Kalakaua Avenue and arrested on suspicion of second-degree homicide, second-degree assault and resisting arrest, as well as a contempt violation but he was never charged by police before he was released.

The owner, who has no local address, has prior convictions for two misdemeanor assaults.

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Vivgie wrote:
Real animals' world out there. Homelessness is NOT fun. Many live in vans like they used to at the former helipad near Hilton's Rainbow Towers. Remember that incident when the two crazy Filipino brothers stabbed someone there and ran away only to have one drown in the water near the yatchs. Being homeless puts you in the wrong places at the wrong times most of the time.
on January 24,2012 | 08:26AM
Peacenik wrote:
Another case of chronic troublemakers picking on the wrong person.
on January 24,2012 | 08:34AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Its good that the homeless man wasn't charged since he was being assaulted while trying to recover his property from these thugs. The thug that assaulted him got what he deserved. People are sick and tired of criminals trying to rip them off and are fighting back.
on January 24,2012 | 09:03AM
pakesack wrote:
http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Gamers-fight-back-after-robbers-target-PC-Gamerz/WMy-MNzMI06S172O3OfJTg.cspx same brycen in "Gamers fight back after robbers target PC Gamerz in Kaneohe"?
on January 24,2012 | 09:27AM
waianae94 wrote:
Good find. The dead guy had a history of violence. I can't wait to read his family's pleas of "He was a good boy!"
on January 24,2012 | 10:04AM
etalavera wrote:
Good job pakesack! The 39 year-old should get a medal or something. Saved taxpayers some serious money in the long run! Iona would have definitely robbed other citizens in the future. Good for him!
on January 24,2012 | 02:37PM
Peacenik wrote:
If I was the robbery victim, I'd try and sue whoever responsible for letting the 3 "suspects" be released. It was a traumatic experience for him, I'm sure. And what's with the hiding of identity on the video of the robbers?
on January 24,2012 | 08:00PM
aloha12 wrote:
karma....nuff said. Hope the owner of the bag is not locked up. He is definitely the AVENGER! The bad boys picked on the wrong person. Good lesson to the hoodlums
on January 24,2012 | 09:42AM
That dead "KID" deserved it. He was headed in that direction. He was involved in the robbery of that video game room in Kaneohe. Saved the taxpayers some money. II surely hope they DO NOT arrest the victim, he protected himself. If anything that dead guy and his friends would have mobbed him.
on January 24,2012 | 10:49AM
KommonSense wrote:
This article originally was written calling iona the "victim". He wouldn't have been a "victim" if he and his friends didn't victimize someone first.
on January 24,2012 | 12:59PM
olos73 wrote:
Never pick on a homeless person. They have enough problems. The backpack they took from him may have been his only possessions. His last food, clothes, etc. They get enough hassles from police and society. Leave them alone. They just want to survive in this world the only way they can. Not all homeless people want to live this way, but that's the way it is.
on January 24,2012 | 01:06PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Low lifes killing off each other is a good thing.
on January 24,2012 | 01:23PM
buck808 wrote:
Why was arrested in th first place? He was attacked and only defended himself. He is a hero.
on January 24,2012 | 07:19PM
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