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Witnesses recount fatal beating of homeless man in Aala Park

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 07:57 p.m. HST, Oct 21, 2013

Three witnesses told police that they watched as a 58-year-old homeless man repeatedly punched another homeless man in the face, smashing his head into the pavement several times and then kicked the victim as he lay on the pavement in Aala Park earlier this month, according to a police affidavit.

Ronald Page was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the beating death of Lynn Riley. Page is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The alleged brutal assault occurred around 4:25 p.m. on Oct. 1. Riley, who was also homeless, was taken to Queen's Medical Center where he died nine days later.

The Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on Riley and determined the cause of death to be "intracranial hemorrhage due to assaultive blunt force trauma to the head" and ruled the manner of death to be a homicide.

Police arrested Page on Thursday at Tripler Army Medical Center. Police did not say why Page was at Tripler.

Three witnesses said they saw Page and Riley fighting at Aala Park.

During the fight Page ended on top of Riley and punched him "in the face about 10 times, causing him to bleed from the forehead area" one witness told police, according to a court document filed in District Court Monday.

Another witness told police that Page grabbed the victim "by the hair and smashed Lynn's head into the pavement on at least two occasions," the statement said.

A third witness to the Aala Park fight said Riley was "bleeding from the right side of his head" when the ambulance arrived.

Page was on probation following a felony conviction in 2011 for second-degree assault where he was sentenced to 140 days in jail.

Page also has several misdemeanor convictions for terroristic threatening and third-degree assault beginning in 2003.

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Spooky town side. And good looking too lol
on October 21,2013 | 01:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
HA, your town more spooky.
on October 21,2013 | 08:20PM
Pocho wrote:
he don't belong on the streets no more.
on October 21,2013 | 01:19PM
allie wrote:
too much homeless crime out here
on October 21,2013 | 02:42PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Believe it or not--at this moment I believe most of the violent crime in Chinatown is caused by a gang of teenagers/twenty-somethings of a particular ethnicity. They usually come out after dark--sporting bandanas.
on October 21,2013 | 05:58PM
HD36 wrote:
Jail is a better place for him than Aala Park. Time for the Death Penalty in Hawaii!
on October 21,2013 | 03:14PM
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