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Musician's girlfriend says he tried to strangle, stab her

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:56 p.m. HST, Oct 14, 2013

The girlfriend of a 26-year-old local musician told police he tried to strangle her twice before he tried to stab her in the neck and stomach, but his knife hit her knee instead at their Kahaluu home last week, according to a police affidavit.

Kaipo Kapua, who has a history of assault, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and kidnapping Friday. Prosecutors later charged him with second-degree assault, two counts of terroristic threatening and abuse. He is in custody unable to post $50,000 bond.

According to a police statement, Sara Wilson, who said she has been living with Kapua for the past two years, said they were arguing in the bedroom of their home at 9 a.m. Thursday when he allegedly tried to strangle her and she "blacked out."

Later when the confrontation moved to the bathroom, Kapua allegedly tried to strangle her again while threatening to kill her with a kitchen knife.

Kapua allegedly told Wilson, 23, that she would not leave their Mapele Road home alive.

Wilson told police that Kapua swung the knife and attempted to stab her in the throat. When Wilson deflected the knife Kapua then allegedly tried to stab her in the stomach, but struck her right knee instead.

Although Kapua did not allow Wilson to call 911 for an ambulance, he did take her to Castle Memorial Medical Center to be treated. However, Wilson, fearing what Kapua might do, said she told emergency room doctors that her injury was caused by a fall.

The couple, who have a child together, returned to their home where Wilson said she fell asleep after taking medicine prescribed by hospital doctors.

Wilson said she tried to flee after she woke up at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, but Kapua again threatened her with a knife while she stood in front of her car as she tried to leave. After Wilson escaped and reported the incident to Kaneohe police Kapua was arrested at their home at 1:54 a.m. Friday.

Kapua pleaded no contest to a third-degree assault charge in 2010. He was ordered to pay a $150 fine and $2,026 in restitution, according to court records.

In April police issued a CrimeStoppers bulletin for Kapua, who had disappeared for a day. Friends reported his disappearance after he had an argument with his live-in girlfriend and hadn't been seen for nearly 24 hours, according to media reports.

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patk wrote:
At this point everyone knows this guy is eventually going to kill her and possibly others. This woman will never feel safe as long as he is free, so lock him up and throw away the key. I bet his dad was a real winner too, lock his dad up with him.
on October 14,2013 | 02:33PM
busterb wrote:
His abbreviated name is KaKa. Thanks pops.
on October 14,2013 | 03:33PM
allie wrote:
agree..he lacks any talent as a musician but his talent may be beating up women.
on October 14,2013 | 03:52PM
Allie, have you heard his music? I have not and don't plan on it, but I would really have to actually LISTEN before I come up with a critique.
on October 14,2013 | 04:04PM
allie wrote:
I have..yuck!
on October 14,2013 | 04:24PM
XlllX wrote:
real music real people..he is a very talented individual with many opportunities...it is sad day that he will never make music again, but it really bumps up his street cred....didn't you use to date him?...thought i saw you folks together
on October 14,2013 | 08:24PM
Grimbold wrote:
This man looks just like a stereotype "bad local". Sorry for you "good locals".
on October 14,2013 | 04:56PM
DaGuy wrote:
Dime a dozen. All on welfare.
on October 14,2013 | 07:39PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Yep- too many locals here. You should move.
on October 14,2013 | 09:09PM
LRob69 wrote:
on October 14,2013 | 02:58PM
Pocho wrote:
battered wife syndrome. I bet she'll be going back to him if he's left off the hook somehow. Garrans! I feel these victims don't have the mind strength or self confidence to leave or they are in denial that the batterer really "loves" them to kill them. It's a sickness going back to the batterer time and time again
on October 14,2013 | 03:05PM
syhud wrote:
He'll just croon a couple of notes to her and she'll be swept off her feet in no time.
on October 14,2013 | 03:13PM
allie wrote:
agree..she needs to get out while she can. Locals like this one love beating up on women and next could be death
on October 14,2013 | 03:52PM
Allie, you should really consider putting your comments into an objective point of view and not relate or sterotype people based on ethnic, race, sex, age, or whatever to address problems. I am sure this type of thing happens all over the world, not just here, locally.
on October 14,2013 | 04:06PM
allie wrote:
local is a geographical term meaning he is from here. It is not, for me, a racial or ethnic or gender term.
on October 14,2013 | 04:25PM
Grimbold wrote:
A low education tatooed ruffian man.
on October 14,2013 | 04:58PM
Pocho wrote:
That's bs. You did not have to use the word "Local"
on October 14,2013 | 06:15PM
Fred01 wrote:
Neck tattoo = guilty criminal.
on October 14,2013 | 04:11PM
allie wrote:
only a few are like this dude but there are way too many of him. One is way too much. I see and hear this kind of thing too much in Waikiki
on October 14,2013 | 04:26PM
XlllX wrote:
on October 14,2013 | 08:24PM
niimi wrote:
Never date a guy who has ever struck a woman even once.
on October 14,2013 | 04:19PM
pandadaddy wrote:
Of course, they have a child together. What dysfunctional relationship is complete without a illegitimate child?
on October 14,2013 | 04:49PM
Grimbold wrote:
Usually it is sexual attraction caused by hormons.
on October 14,2013 | 04:59PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Hundred bucks they were arguing because he couldn't "perform" in that bedroom. Loser.
on October 15,2013 | 02:18AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Let's see if this woman is smarter than most and leave him.
on October 15,2013 | 02:19AM
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