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Early morning assault is now a murder investigation

By Star-Advertier staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:00 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013

A 62-year-old homeless man has died following an early morning assault in the McCully area and a murder investigation has been opened, a Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman said Friday.

Police are looking for three suspects in the assault that happened at around 3:10 a.m. near the intersection of King and Punahou streets. Paramedics took the man to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said the man, who has no local address, was apparently assaulted by three people following an argument.

Police have not determined a motive for the attack because suspects have not yet been identified.

Earlier this month, 83-year-old Mamerto "Eddie" Semana, who was also homeless, died after he was found unconscious near College Walk and Kukui Street in Chinatown. He was taken to the hospital around 3:30 a.m., Dec. 3, with severe head injuries after he was beaten about four hours earlier, police said.

In October, police arrested a 58-year-old homeless man on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of another homeless man, 49-year-old Lynn Riley. Riley died of bleeding within the skull due to blunt force injury from an assault at Aala Park.

Anyone with information on the today's assault is asked to call police or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

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serious wrote:
That area into Waikiki is rough. I would never be out at that time along.
on December 27,2013 | 04:29AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
serious, I guess you're not from Oahu. That intersection is more than a half mile from Waikiki. Like you, I'm fast asleep @ this time.
on December 27,2013 | 07:32AM
what wrote:
King and Punahou has a permanent group of homeless people living amongst their filth where the old Cinerama theater used to be (now the back of OReilly Auto parts). There is another group of semi-permanent homeless and their carts living across the street at the bus stop on the Makai side (front of Tesoro gas station). Very nearby is a semi-permanent group of homeless occasionally with tents or other homeless structures camping along Kalakaua where it meets King. If you walk through certain spots it reeks of feces and urine.
on December 27,2013 | 10:42AM
what wrote:
Lots of permanent homeless people living on the sidewalk here. They live in piles of their own filth on the Mauka Ewa side of King Punahou against the wall of old Cinerama theater (now O Reilly Auto Parts). Less hostile looking ones live at bus stop across the street. Homeless structures along Kalaukaua on the other side of Tesoro gas station at corner of Punahou King intersection.
on December 27,2013 | 12:14PM
Konawayne wrote:
Older people need to be allowed to protect themselves against this behavior, I loved the cased where the older gentleman in Las Vegas beat up his attacker, of course, being a former professional boxer helped him. There are stun guns, tear gas, even yellow dyes sprayed on the attackers would help. Telling the good citizens to stay at home is wrong, the other people need to stay at home as they do not have the emotional intelligence to be on the streets. Other countries throw away this kind of trash, it is time we do also.
on December 27,2013 | 05:56AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Stun guns and tear gas use by civilians is illegal in Hawaii. Pepper sprays is ok.
on December 27,2013 | 07:49AM
lwandcah wrote:
If used incorretly or ineffectively, personal protective devices can be used against the user.
on December 27,2013 | 10:56AM
busterb wrote:
Are you serious? Arm the homeless with Pepper Spray and Stun Guns? LOL!
on December 27,2013 | 12:52PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Deadly town side.....need to start increasing law enforcement in these areas, especially near Manoa, Makiki, and McCully. Pilau.
on December 27,2013 | 07:52AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HAJAA1 troll
on December 27,2013 | 07:58AM
wiliki wrote:
I disagree.... it's probably because lighting is so poor in the area. Otherwise the area is largely residential. If the seniors want to walk around at that hour of nite, perhaps they should organize a local neighborhood watch group in the area from that senior residences on adjacent blocks. They might have witnessed this beating.
on December 27,2013 | 08:29AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
This guy was homeless, and he can't sleep in Ala Moana Park at night.
on December 27,2013 | 02:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So what u playing Hollywood Squares now? I disagree. I agree? Oh well.
on December 27,2013 | 02:33PM
wiliki wrote:
IIRC there's a gay bar in the area...? the police should investigate this for a hate crime even if the victim is not gay. Perception is everything. There are many apartments and a couple of senior residences in the area-- any of those people could be out for a late evening walk. Many of my fellow seniors are up at 4am and sleep around 9 so I'm not surprised. More like the bar manager closing and carrying a lot of cash.
on December 27,2013 | 08:18AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Fellow seniors? Then u r 60 to 88.
on December 27,2013 | 02:26PM
eunice1 wrote:
Probably a bum fight. So many of them in that area especially by that small park next to the piano store.
on December 27,2013 | 08:49AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes Parks are a favorite of homeless, with Aala Park formerly the magnet. Ever since Harris kicked them out there, the homeless have been migrating outwards. Anywhere in town seems game. It's just a nuisance that's need to be fixed once and for all. We register mopeds, so just register the homeless. If the homeless refuse to register, throw them in jail for a day, to at least book 'em for causing the misdemeanor
on December 27,2013 | 02:57PM
TigerEye wrote:
Yup. Maybe tattoo a number on their arms or something. Fix the problem "once and for all" huh? Turn them into criminals for being mentally ill or destitute. That's what they need. This whole murder-thing just distracts from the important issues.
on December 28,2013 | 07:46AM
saveparadise wrote:
We need a Charles Bronson type Vigilante to help clean up the streets.
on December 27,2013 | 10:10AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Pay me $9.95 per hour with room and board, HMSA and HDS, and u can hire me.
on December 27,2013 | 02:41PM
what wrote:
That intersection has a permanent group of homeless living in the area (next to old Cinerama theater).
on December 27,2013 | 10:44AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ok so that's a start, someone may have seen something.
on December 27,2013 | 02:39PM
hanabadadayz wrote:
The question is why are there so many homeless senior citizens? Was it two or three weeks ago where another elderly man who was beaten to death? These thugs who get the thrill of beating elderly people should be given the same treatment if caught but add a little flavor and rub them in hawaiian salt after to get the full effect. It's sad that this day and time we seem to have no respect for our elders. I'm pretty sure these thugs have parents who will one day grow old too...how would they feel if it happened to them?
on December 27,2013 | 12:22PM
ryan02 wrote:
"These thugs who get the thrill of beating elderly people should be given the same treatment if caught" -- most of the crimes against homeless people are committed by other homeless people. They are homeless because of drugs and/or mental illness. Many are not from Hawaii, but it's cheaper for family members and community groups to buy them a one-way ticket to Hawaii than to deal with them back home. So they become Hawaii's ever-increasing problem. This needs to be addressed at the national level so that a few states are not disproportionately burdened (such as Hawaii, with its warm weather and no way for the homeless who are dumped here to find their way back home unless they are really good swimmers).
on December 27,2013 | 01:30PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Not to place these incidents in any levity whatsoever however, if people get dumped on, what are we going to do? Homelessness is by no means isolated in Honolulu. It happens all over America, and the best way to conclude as to why it happens is that people get thrown to the "wolves" because "they no care" like we do for our Ohana in Hawaii including the most important Ohana of all, our Keiki and our Kupuna.
on December 27,2013 | 06:33PM
mamacita808 wrote:
hanabadadayz I was wondering the same thing. Plenny homeless elderly nowdays. I, for one, could never see my parents living out in the streets. I don't care what I'd have to do.
on December 27,2013 | 01:31PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
We took care of our mom until she ascended to heaven last month. The very best of health care, including a necessary surgery for bladder cancer.
on December 27,2013 | 06:29PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Their children are ignoring them, and probably they bought or were given one-way tickets to Oahu. No one can survive the sub freezing temperatures of the winter mainland. Maybe that's why Obama is here also.
on December 27,2013 | 02:31PM
paniolo wrote:
No worry, BACHI going come to these pun_ks. No one deserves a 3-4 guys beating, whether homeless or not. When you guys get old, just wait, same thing might happen to you. Look over your shoulders now, cuz someone is looking for you. When you get caught and sent to prison, see how many guys you can beat up there.
on December 27,2013 | 02:12PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Takes at least two to have a confrontation and this guy did not back down from the others. Only way one can have a confrontation with oneself is of course, suicide.
on December 27,2013 | 02:46PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It's not really in Waikiki, it's kind of near McCully. King and Punahou is very busy during daylight hours and almost dearth of people from midnight to 5:00am, hence the midnight owls can get away with anything. Again the dreaded Punahou reference. Someone driving by may have seen something. No one in their right mind would be walking around in that area, especially alone, during the early morning hours, with n
on December 27,2013 | 02:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
... with no one alongside (alone).
on December 27,2013 | 02:17PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Just when the murdering of homeless individuals has tapered off in Chinatown (e.g., 3 murders since October--not 2 as mentioned in article)--this violent behavior is spilling over to other areas.
on December 27,2013 | 04:52PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Holiday swank has something to do with it.
on December 27,2013 | 06:27PM
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