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Police seek leads in Kalihi attempted murder

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:29 p.m. HST, Feb 5, 2013

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect or witnesses to the attempted murder of a 59-year-old man in Kalihi on Sunday.

Carl Realista was found at 4:52 a.m. in the road at the bus stop fronting the Bank of Hawaii building at 1617 Dillingham Blvd. Paramedics took him to the hospital in critical condition.

“He’s a real mellow guy, he don’t bother nobody,” said Freddie Realista, his older brother. “He didn’t have no problems. He’s a quiet guy... He don’t drink, he don’t smoke... He don’t deserve this. Like everybody said, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Carl Realista normally left his home at 4:30 a.m., catching two buses to get to his job at Kunawai Terrace, where he has worked for more than 20 years

Detectives believe that there were numerous people at the bus stop and are asking for any information regarding this incident.

“We are asking them to come out and help this family. Seeing his picture might trigger a little memory and it could be a key piece of information for the investigation," said Sgt. Kim Buffett of the Honolulu Police Department.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone. Free cellular calls are provided by AT&T, Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii, Mobi PCS, and Hawaiian Telcom. The public may now send anonymous text and web tips. Text “CS808” plus message to 274637 or CRIMES.

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