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Police check in on Keeaumoku bars after recent violence

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:58 p.m. HST, Apr 22, 2013

Photos by Krystle Marcellus / kmarcellus@staradvertiser.comA fight involving about 20 people occurred around 7 a.m. Sunday on Sheridan Street between Liona and Elm streets. A 22-year-old man was hospitalized after being stabbed. Below, police investigated at the site, behind the McDonald's on Keeaumoku Street.

In response to community concerns over recent violent incidents in the Keeaumoku area, Honolulu police last week visited several businesses in the area that sell liquor, police said on their website.

Police said officers discussed with workers the importance of calling police when a problem arises.

Recent incidents have prompted officials to consider whether police presence in the area should be increased at certain times.

Police are also working with the Honolulu Liquor Commission to identify and address community concerns.

At least three violent incidents were reported last month in the early morning hours around Keeaumoku and Sheridan streets.

Police arrested a 21-year-old Kalihi man and charged him with assault after he allegedly stabbed a 22-year-old man during a brawl involving about 20 people. Police said the fight happened on March 31, just after 7 a.m. on Sheridan Street in back of the Keeaumoku McDonald’s. The suspect, Richard A. Lam, is also charged with promoting a dangerous drug.

Police are still looking for suspects in a March 15 fight in which two men were stabbed in front of the Kee­au­moku McDonald's following a fight involving two groups of young people.

On March 3, police arrested an Ewa Beach man in a baseball bat assault and stabbing on Makaloa Street near the Walgreens on Keeaumoku Street, at about 5:30 a.m.

But police released the 20-year-old suspect after the victims declined to press charges.

Paramedics took a 21-year-old man to the hospital with stab wounds and police said a 20-year-old man was hit with a baseball bat in the incident.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Wow, they visited "several businesses" and discussed with workers the importance of calling police when a problem arises.. That will really keep things quiet. BFD, boys.
on April 22,2013 | 05:25PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Maybe adding a couple of guys between 1 AM and 4AM would actually produce benefits.
on April 22,2013 | 06:47PM
mrluke wrote:
Where should these extra guys comes from? The one's patrolling your neighborhood, or someone else's?
on April 22,2013 | 08:13PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You assign the cops where the problems are.
on April 22,2013 | 09:14PM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it. I VOLUNTEER.
on April 23,2013 | 07:30AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Heh...this morning news said the HPD is now considering adding more personnel. You guys just don't appreciate how powerful I am.
on April 23,2013 | 08:18AM
ejkorvette wrote:
Yeah, the HPD are on the case. Yeah, Yeah!!! Once they are "paid off", back to regular business. Hostess's will be paid to perform special treats for the Hawaii Politicians and their Staff. Yeah, lucky we live Hawaii, or should say, Lucky we live Asia.
on April 22,2013 | 05:59PM
allie wrote:
on April 22,2013 | 06:28PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
You'll never take the crime out of town side.
on April 22,2013 | 06:41PM
bumba wrote:
Bandaid on a ripped open artery. Shut the bars down. Alcohol lolos = Nothing good.
on April 22,2013 | 08:01PM
bumba wrote:
Alcohol Lolos
on April 22,2013 | 08:02PM
mrluke wrote:
Most of these posters don't realize that the police don't have any control over what happens inside these bars, but have to deal with what happens after the bars close.
on April 22,2013 | 08:15PM
hikine wrote:
Too many bars in the area and the homeless isn't helping either.
on April 22,2013 | 08:24PM
chryw8 wrote:
before wally world moved in, there were many more bars in the area. the problem now is that there are too many punks, raised by ainokea parents, running amok.
on April 23,2013 | 11:08AM
jtamura69 wrote:
You got it right!!!!
on May 4,2013 | 08:22AM
syhud wrote:
Shut down ALL establishments on Koreamoku at 2a.m. Right, neva going happen!
on April 22,2013 | 08:33PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How is it that the Liquor Commission never seems to come up in these discussions?
on April 23,2013 | 07:32AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Nice start but they need to patrol nearby parks as well. The park by Alder Detention, by the overpass on Keeaumoku, and on Wilder. Also, the back streets in the Keeaumoku area. Lots of seedy looking people.
on April 23,2013 | 11:08AM
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