POSTED: 11:24 a.m. HST, May 10, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 11:25 a.m. HST, May 10, 2012
A 24-year-old man charged in what police say was an unprovoked knife attack on another man in Kalihi outside of Mayor Wright Homes last month entered a not guilty plea this morning in Circuit Court.
John Posco Sukuruta remains in Oahu Community Correctional Center, unable to post $75,000 bail on a charge of second-degree attempted murder.
Circuit Judge Richard Perkins set his trial for the week of July 9.
According to a police affidavit, Sukuruta was intoxicated and "getting out of control" when he left an apartment in the Mayor Wright public housing complex on April 19 after drinking with a cousin.
The cousin said he followed Sukuruta to Liliha Street and saw him approach a 30-year-old man and yell at him in Chuukese at about 1:38 a.m. as the victim was getting out of his car.
Sukuruta's cousin said Sukuruta raised a knife in his right hand and, while cursing, repeatedly stabbed his victim — twice in his left cheek and twice more in the left shoulder, police said.
Paramedics took the victim to a hospital in serious condition with several stab wounds. He was later upgraded to stable condition.
Sukuruta was arrested in Chinatown at 2:05 a.m., about 45-minutes after the stabbing.
Witnesses identified him as the suspect and police found a knife nearby.