POSTED: 04:03 p.m. HST, Jul 07, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 08:08 p.m. HST, Jul 07, 2014
Honolulu police have released two suspects in the death of a man who allegedly tried to knife his pregnant girlfriend in a Makiki home.
The two suspects were released following a decision by the Honolulu prosecutor's office not to proceed with a criminal case.
Honolulu police Monday said the prosecuting attorney viewed the men's involvement as "self-defense."
The man who died has been identified as Timothy Changwo, Jr. , 30, a Kauai resident.
Witnesses said the two men, 26 and 18, came to the aid of the girlfriend, who was being attacked by Changwo and tried to stop him from stabbing her.
They said Changwo was the aggressor.
Changwo, also known as Chang Wo, has been arrested on several occasions on Kauai and Oahu dating back as far as 2007 and he was sentenced in Family Court to 25 days in jail last year for harassment.
Police said when officers arrived at the residence at Metcalf Street, they found Changwo unresponsive.
Police said they began efforts to revive him and he was taken in critical condition to a hospital.
Neighbors said the girlfriend lived there and often saw Changwo.
The neighborhood was awakened when people heard the pregnant woman's sister yelling for help.
A witness said she saw Changwo on top of his girlfriend holding knife above his head.
The 26-year-old man, who was the girlfriend's brother-in-law, and the 18-year-old man, who was staying overnight, both struggled with Changwo.