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Police investigating another stabbing in Keeaumoku area

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:44 a.m. HST, May 04, 2013

Honolulu police are investigating a stabbing at the Like Like Drive-In on Keeaumoku Street this morning, the latest in a string of early morning violent incidents in the Keeaumoku Street area over the past several weeks.

Paramedics took a 26-year-old man to the hospital with stab wounds at about 3:30 a.m., the Emergency Medical Services Division reported.

This is the fourth stabbing in the area since the beginning of March.

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.

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

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

Police are also considering whether police presence in the area should be increased at certain times.

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niimi wrote:
Wow, this is not a good trend. I would not want to be a homeowner in the area.
on May 4,2013 | 07:30AM
sloturle wrote:
i work in the area its safe.
on May 4,2013 | 05:19PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Has anyone noticed the long lines to obtain a background check, permit to purchase and registering a gun? Three ridiculously long lines and the time it takes? Yet, most of the violent crimes seem to involve knives? Is the same process for knives in the works? Something to think about, eh? Do you think the criminals who commit crimes with guns go through this process?
on May 4,2013 | 07:39AM
kainalu wrote:
It is time for gun-owners to unite in Hawaii and back a Mayor and council-members that will open up another gun-permitting office out at Kapolei. There's a lot of votes there to be counted. The processing pays for itself via the fee. All it would take is another small staff and a couple of computers. It's total bs that they won't open another gun-permitting office.
on May 4,2013 | 09:07AM
DMChasmail wrote:
With your line of thinking, then we should just trash any and all laws. We have laws against theft, robbery, burglary, assault, murder, etc...but yet we still have criminals. So let's just dump those laws and everybody buy a gun, right? Yep, let's bring back the Wild West and a lawless society. If a law saves just one person from becoming a victim, then it's worth it. Nothing is 100%. But in your eyes something has to be 100% in order for it to be worthy. Ridiculous.
on May 4,2013 | 10:02AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I need to understand why in Tuscon Arizona, where it is legal to carry firearms, they have the lowest crime rate in the country. Any ideas here? I do disagree with your assertion that laws are worth it if they save one life - this line of thinking is why those of us who are personally accountable and responsible for our own actions can no longer go to places like Sacred Falls. Where do you draw the line? I'm not sure but there are laws that are clearly needed and too many laws that are not.
on May 4,2013 | 11:10AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:

Where did you get that crime rate in Tuscon, Arizona has the lowest crime rate in the nation? According to Neighborhood Scout, which provides data-driven crime statistics to realtors and insurance companies, Tuscon has a violent crime rate of 6.64 per 1000 residents. By comparison, Honolulu has a violent crime rate of 3.05. New York City has a crime rate of 3.98.

on May 6,2013 | 02:29PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on May 4,2013 | 07:42AM
DMChasmail wrote:
And, uhmmm, your point is? BTW, don't expect any sympathy from the drivers around you who you cut off with reckless driving. So don't expect any boo-hooing from anyone if you just got a ticket. I have to "laugh" when I remember how many times we've seen such drivers doing reckless things. "Never a cop around when someone stupid like that is on the road!" So "Bravo!" if it's finally happened and someone got a ticket for something like that...and note this...something that they weren't suppose to be doing in the first place and putting others in danger.
on May 4,2013 | 10:10AM
caseyjun2001 wrote:
Another ignorant person with no real information on law enforcement.
on May 4,2013 | 11:23AM
FrankieT wrote:
Just goes to show you are not too bright
on May 4,2013 | 02:29PM
mikethenovice wrote:
No turn signal? Good for you! Everyone has to make choices in life.
on May 4,2013 | 04:21PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Police are also considering whether police presence in the area should be increased at certain times Tell me this was written as a joke. Considering? How many violent crimes does it take to get a few more cops placed in the area, especially at 2-4AM? That's a start. Then there has to be a re-examination of the density of late night liquor establishments.
on May 4,2013 | 08:06AM
pandadaddy wrote:
Yes, they are considering it but it all depends on whether or not a new Zippy's will open nearby.
on May 4,2013 | 08:26AM
allie wrote:
agree..HPD is a joke. It is so obvious that more police are necessary in this problem area.
on May 4,2013 | 08:32AM
kainalu wrote:
The wild, wild Honolulu!
on May 4,2013 | 09:04AM
geralddeheer wrote:
HPD is not a joke. Every day literally thousands of calls/complaints are handled by HPD. Men and Women of HPD are regularly called to deal with the most dangerous situations; like domestic disputes. Police put their lives on the line, every day. How do we treat them? To often, we view them with contempt, as lazy, stupid, on the take, etc. The vast majority in HPD do their best and want to serve our community. HPD is stretched thin and we get mad at them when they take ten instead of five minutes to respond to our calls. By the way, is it a joke when an HPD Officer loses his/her life while serving us?
on May 4,2013 | 10:28AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I agree completely with Gerald. They get tons of abuse and do a very hard job most times very well. I got plenty of time for our police officers. I may harp on the bureaucracy and the administration but I have lots of respect for the guys and gals on the force.
on May 4,2013 | 12:36PM
mikethenovice wrote:
HPD is a" joke" because they have they have more and more stupid laws added. Cop burnout time?
on May 4,2013 | 04:24PM
ponowai wrote:
Allie is a joke
on May 4,2013 | 06:35PM
caseyjun2001 wrote:
We all know that allie is a joke.
on May 4,2013 | 11:22AM
cojef wrote:
gerald...... you are right, you have to respect the cops and respect yourself before degrading them. Except for the few the errs, like the Captain that was on the take. Can his okole and reduce his rank and let him claim his pension at the reduced rank. There ought to be law to hurt these crooked cops where it hurts, their pension benefits.
on May 4,2013 | 12:29PM
yrusodz wrote:
seems the worm known as allie (or a number of other names too hilarious to list here) has crawled out from under it's rock after once again being publicly blasted and humiliated for repeatedly spouting his lies and hate. It's only a matter of time that it will happen again.
on May 4,2013 | 12:43PM
mikethenovice wrote:
At least the have a decent retirement plan.
on May 4,2013 | 04:22PM
yrusodz wrote:
allie you are truly a reminder that vultures like to hover around wounded and dead.
on May 5,2013 | 05:23AM
HD36 wrote:
Good idea but its harder than watching some guys fill a pot hole.
on May 4,2013 | 09:04AM
DMChasmail wrote:
Mind you, those officers who are working "special duty" at those pot hole/manhole/construction sites during their time off are also the very same ones who are protecting your okole during their shifts!
on May 4,2013 | 10:22AM
pandadaddy wrote:
on May 4,2013 | 09:45PM
DMChasmail wrote:
Mind you, those officers who are working special duty at the pot hole/manhole/construction sites during their time off are also the very same officers who are protecting your butt, your okole, when they're working their shifts!
on May 4,2013 | 10:24AM
DMChasmail wrote:
Ok, if only the public was truly aware of just how many officers we have on the road in any given area/sector/beat...and how many are actually available on any given night at any given time especially during the hours when the bars are closing. One or 2 major cases can wipe out the whole sector. The "re-examination..." and the desire for "a few more cops"...all good ideas and probably shows a need to hire more officers. BUT there's a budget. It's not like HPD (or any department anywhere) has a blank check to use for whenever they want to hire more people. Too many, like the guy below this comment who says "it's obvious that more police are necessary," don't realize the process that a department has to go thru. Then even when they can prove the need, the public goes all up in arms over the cost...probably including the very ones who are posting here about needing a more police presence. There are salaries, equipment and vehicles that have to be paid...and the money doesn't come from the nearest palm tree.
on May 4,2013 | 10:20AM
kolekole wrote:
So we have to live with it? We need to take back our community and that starts with the people who live here.
on May 4,2013 | 11:01AM
niimi wrote:
The way we take back our community is to raise children into responsible teens then also as accountable adults. Don't expect the schools "fo teach yo keeds ho fo behave." Das yo responsibility! En when da keed stay get in trouble no say, "Ehh, my junia boy; he one good boy you know. He no make dakine trahbo for nobody." Don't protect them. It will take about a generation before we start seeing results, but it starts with us, folks!
on May 4,2013 | 01:41PM
jtamura69 wrote:
Didn't you notice that the criminal activity is caused by people from other neighborhoods. Why don't they stay home and cause trouble in their own neighborhood.
on May 4,2013 | 08:11AM
mrluke wrote:
Because you don't ---t in your own nest.
on May 4,2013 | 08:19AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mrluke has it right. For many years the Koreamoku area was the drinkie bar/strip club center of Oahu and still is, to a degree. More cheap champagne than France. Workers' paychecks straight to Mercedes payments by the girls. Good times if you like that and hey, we're all adults.

But times have changed and the neighborhood is in transition. It's trying to get respectable and be a place where families can live and good businesses can flourish.

My plan would be to get the K-bars and V-bars to move to Iwilei side, another spot with a rich tradition but Iwilei is an industrial section without so much residential population. How to do it? By zoning changes, hard enforcement of existing laws on noise, littering, behavior, etc., by control of liquor license renewals and pressure from the community. Make it good to go to Iwilei, make it hard to stay around this part of Pawa'a and Kaka'ako.

on May 4,2013 | 08:45AM
kolekole wrote:
Good plan, However, These bands of homeless vandals can't afford the Bars. They gravitate to Walmart, Mcdonolds and places like Walgreens. These places offer cheap food, and are a meeting place to deal drugs. They bust into private restrooms to shoot up their drugs. The heart of the matter is DRUGS!
on May 4,2013 | 10:55AM
caseyjun2001 wrote:
All of these violent crimes are NOT attributed to the homeless people in the area, but a lot of people from the west side. I do agree that the homeless are responsible for a lot of the property crimes though.
on May 4,2013 | 11:26AM
rytsuru wrote:
Actually having an establishment along Keeaumoku, I can say this: the problem is getting out of control. There are bands of young guys on bicycles roaming the area late at night. Before anyone says I am making a racist comment, they APPEAR to be of one ethnic background, and the HPD corroborates this whenever I have to call them for something. Without activities to curb their enthusiasm, violence, graffiti and crime in general goes up. Case in point, the McCully Gym was a target for vandals and graffiti, a police presence AND the fact that the younger men have basketball, volleyball, and the pool to keep them occupied seems to have stunted the need to cause physical damage to anyone and anything. Community and ethnic leaders need to get involved and begin guiding their charges to becoming productive members of their adopted society rather than just give advice on how to fill out paperwork in order to get more subsidies from the government. Finally, the HPD is stretched, but honestly, they have motorcycle officers roaming up and down Sheridan Street from around then end of the early shift and then starting again at A watch after 1030pm, but stopping cars. A few years back the patrol cars would be in the Keeaumoku McDonald's doing their paperwork and generally being seen, now they are nowhere to be found during the early morning hours of the day near this hot spot. When decent citizens can't even walk around their neighborhood without fear of getting caught up in a altercation we will ALL have a problem.
on May 4,2013 | 09:39AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Time to re-look at the free association pact with Micronesia.
on May 4,2013 | 11:59AM
kolekole wrote:
I work down in Keeaumoku & Kapiolani area and Packs of roaming Homeless on Bikes cruise in and out of traffic on the wrong side of the road. They also look at every car to see if its locked .Riding Bikes are an easy way to steal and to get away fast and disappear. Seems like they're just riding a bike somewhere but don't you believe it for a second or you'll be out of everything you have. lock your cars. Ths place seems like Vancouver when I visited. Packs of homeless walking like Zombies Ever since the West side of Oahu, mainly nanakuli , Waianae makua area homeless got cleared out, they all moved to town. They should have left them there. There's a new breed of homeless and they all roam on bikes looking for anything or anyone that they can steal from. It's rampant. Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, You're not safe. Hellooooooooo?
on May 4,2013 | 10:07AM
JAFO wrote:
Time for some knife registration law. LOL!
on May 4,2013 | 11:07AM
64hoo wrote:
JAFO is that name from the movie blue thunder about police chopper squadron. which stands for Just Another Blank Observer just wondering.
on May 4,2013 | 02:53PM
ejkorvette wrote:
HPD is not a Joke! The State of Hawaii' is and it's so called lawmakers. They are the most Inept, Incompetent, Uneducated, Clueless bunch of people on Earth. Hawaii was once Hawaiian. Now it looking like Hawasia! Not Good on all levels!!!
on May 4,2013 | 11:29AM
mikethenovice wrote:
More and more dumb laws added for the police to take care of. They are burnt out already.
on May 4,2013 | 04:26PM
Hawaiians wrote:
We should honor our law enforcers, let's give them a coffee and a doughnut.
on May 4,2013 | 06:00PM
cojef wrote:
Oops, sent for approval for being harsh on crooked cops, like the Captain that was on the take.
on May 4,2013 | 12:30PM
Oio wrote:
The larger problem are guys who are unable to control their tempers or do not know any other way to vent their frustrations except to knife, shoot, beat, their perceived threats to their manhood or very likely delinquenthood. It is said the incidences of such terroristic threatening diminishes with age. Mostly translated to old delinquents sort of loose their steam to knife, shoot and beat once they see their juniors will do the same to them very quickly. Whole point of this, is whether by knife, shooting or beating, Hawaii's changed to the jagged edge. Somehow, if this is about Honor, really, there's more honorable ways to make a point on the brighter side of the law instead of the darker side of law. All these guys are thinking and able. If they want to break the cycle of violence, walk away from it.
on May 4,2013 | 03:27PM
on May 4,2013 | 03:34PM
mikethenovice wrote:
They should allow knifes on the plane, and ban them on Keeaumoku Street?
on May 4,2013 | 04:20PM
syhud wrote:
How about putting a police substation on Keeamoku.
on May 4,2013 | 07:25PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You'd think by now, there'd be a police presence in that area at night. I don't mind police harassment of seedy characters and there's a lot of them around that area.
on May 4,2013 | 09:29PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Dangerous town side
on May 5,2013 | 02:24AM
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