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Man stabbed to death in Kailua park ID'd

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 01:58 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013


The Medical Examiner’s office has identified the 58-year-old homeless man who was stabbed to death last kaFriday morning as Robert Coleman, Jr.

Coleman died after being stabbed by Brian T. Kim, 58, at Kailua District Park, police said.

Kim is expected to enter a plea in Circuit Court July 29. 

He remains in custody, unable to post $250,000 bail.

Kim was charged with second-degree murder after a witness told police that he saw the suspect lunge toward the victim and that he "appeared to be punching him." 

The witness quoted the victim as saying, "He stabbed me," according to a police statement filed in court earlier this week.

Both men are believed to be homeless and had spent the night near the gym and pool area of the park.

Kailua residents held two meetings at the park not far from where Coleman was killed last week and established a neighborhood security watch program.

At Wednesday night’s meeting, 40 people signed up for the neighborhood security watch, which police say marks a huge increase.

Police from the District 4 area — which covers Makapuu to Kahuku — have begun to deploy more patrol units and undercover officers.







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Pocho wrote:
is that teardrop tatoos on both sides of Kim's face? Musta been a organized crime figure or at the very least a criminal of some sort some 20-30 years ago don't you think?
on July 18,2013 | 12:42PM
allie wrote:
Truth is that we are seeing a plague of homeless crime. Just a few years ago homeless crime was pretty rare. Check the stats.
on July 18,2013 | 01:04PM
silvangold wrote:
we don't need to check anything allie......you're all over the place......we just gotta "listen" (hahaha) to you.....MOVE ON....AND OUTTA HERE.....
on July 18,2013 | 01:24PM
honopic wrote:
What stats? You never check anything, but that doesn't stop you from commenting on everything. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 18,2013 | 10:45PM
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