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Palolo teen charged in homeless man's beating death

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:35 a.m. HST, Dec 31, 2013

Police have charged a 16-year-old boy from Palolo with manslaughter in the beating death of a 62-year-old homeless man in the McCully area early Friday morning.

The victim, Anthony Montero, also known as Paul A. Manner, identified himself as a freelance journalist and also ran unsuccessfully for political office.

Police arrested the teenager Monday morning in Palolo on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police did not release the suspect's name as he is a minor.

No other suspects are being sought, police spokeswoman Teresa Bell said.

Montero was reportedly attacked by a group of teenagers near the corner of South King and Punahou streets, where he had been sleeping early Friday morning.

As Paul A. Manner, Montero ran for U.S. Senate in 1998 and 2000, Honolulu mayor in 2004, governor in 2006 and 2010, and U.S. Senate again in 2012.

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samsdad wrote:
I thought witnesses said that there were 3-4 people involved in the beating. It would be a shame if the others got off without any charges. This must be a group of really brave guys ganging up on a homeless man.
on December 31,2013 | 07:31AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Maybe the other boys were witnesses who saw that the arrested boy was the instigator. To be able to know where the boy lived for example, Police were probably told by another homeless person, whom those teens involved were. Then police somehow tracked down the teens based on information from some of the teens. Those teens then pointed the finger at the arrested Palolo teen. Police work is thorough and no guess work. Never is, never was, otherwise we all would be in fear of being arrested, like in the war days with Hitler, circa 1940, which to those born in the 1990s, is ancient history, however much closer to my era, as I was born in 1957. As The World Turns, so does the sands through the hourglass, brought to you by so and so sponsor.
on December 31,2013 | 11:30AM
redneckMT wrote:
Why reduce the charges?
on December 31,2013 | 07:33AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Probably easier to prove.
on December 31,2013 | 07:49AM
twitter6 wrote:
Try him as an adult, give him a life sentence and deport him out of the state once he is paroled. Murder at 16 years old, we all know where this is headed. Blame the parents.
on December 31,2013 | 08:26AM
Pocho wrote:
where did the killer come from? where you gonna deport him too?
on December 31,2013 | 09:04AM
cojef wrote:
Under age delinquent out on the street late at night/early morning hours doing mayhem. Curfew did not apply to this family.
on December 31,2013 | 10:41AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Bad parenting. Don't have kids if not going to raise them properly, as these type of incidents will burden society. A certain portion of the State budget is absolutely required such as Public Safety (Corrections), Judicial (Traffic Court, District Court, Circuit Court, Family Court), Education (Public Schools), Transportation (Highways, Harbors, Airports), Health (Marriage licenses, Birth records, Death records), Taxation (uh oh), all because we want to be a safe society, to be able to pursue happiness, per George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. There is always that incorrigible portion of society that exists, which costs taxpayers literally billions. In other words, if we want children, then please raise them properly.
on December 31,2013 | 11:39AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Few of those you address are reading this site.
on December 31,2013 | 12:33PM
Pocho wrote:
what's another bad kid added to the list that uses those services? hahahaha
on December 31,2013 | 02:40PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It's ok, as long as you are, because you will use your megaphone to tell them they do junk work.
on December 31,2013 | 05:08PM
kailua000 wrote:
But he is a good boy, so his mom and aunties will say
on December 31,2013 | 11:55AM
false wrote:
Yes, however if the courts let him off easy, and if he commits a crime again, then jail time !!
on December 31,2013 | 12:07PM
soundofreason wrote:
That way they don't have to do any real police work.
on December 31,2013 | 04:14PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Dangerous town side
on December 31,2013 | 07:34AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Oh, so where do u live?
on December 31,2013 | 11:41AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HAJAA1 will never tell you where he lives. He is a troll with nothing good to say, ever.
on December 31,2013 | 06:55PM
honopic wrote:
Don't you realize HAJAA1 is mocking allie? Or maybe is her alias!
on January 2,2014 | 11:11AM
honopic wrote:
Don't you realize HAJAA1
on January 2,2014 | 11:10AM
Skyler wrote:
on December 31,2013 | 03:20PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Allie is celebrating because North Dakota also got selected to test the drones.
on December 31,2013 | 05:10PM
mamacita808 wrote:
No regard for life. WTH is wrong with people nowdays
on December 31,2013 | 07:57AM
Galatians52223 wrote:
DOE emphasis on high reading and math scores. DOE doesn't care about character values.
on December 31,2013 | 08:30AM
TigerEye wrote:
Right. The DOE only cares about educating kids, not raising them. For utter shame. Parents should just be able to dump their kids into the nearest state entity and have it, not them, turn out saints and scholars. Who knew that parenting could be so easy?
on December 31,2013 | 11:09AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Great attitude. One problem is the perception that yours, TigerEye, reflects the general attitude of the entire DOE. Another problem could very well be that yours IS the general attitude.
on December 31,2013 | 11:42AM
TigerEye wrote:
If you honestly have a problem with the idea that a state-run entity should be more responsible for a child's upbringing than her own parents then your criticisms are being lobbed a fair distance upward.
on December 31,2013 | 03:04PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Critical, Tiger is using sarcasm.
on December 31,2013 | 06:57PM
Slow wrote:
The schools objective is education. The DOE has nothing to do with this tragedy.
on December 31,2013 | 12:39PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
mama these types of behavior has been going on since the amoeba days, on the other hand, when a youth is involved it is especially sad because the parents did not do a good job.
on December 31,2013 | 11:43AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
What about charging the teen with violation of the curfew law? These laws either need to be enforced or removed from the books if the cops and prosecutors refuse to do anything...
on December 31,2013 | 08:33AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There are only so much Police Officers, so literally people try to get away with commiting crimes everywhere. The ones in OCCC, Halawa and elsewhere are the hardened criminals who cannot be reformed except only in a correctional institution. The judicial system does its job, I think, adequately. I hope Deedy gets time though.
on December 31,2013 | 11:51AM
Im sure that would be a hefty penalty. Nobody in their right mind would want to chance staying out too late and having to be scolded.
on December 31,2013 | 12:25PM
mrluke wrote:
Curfew Law??!! OMG! Is he serious?
on December 31,2013 | 02:13PM
soundofreason wrote:
Good point. Charge the parents too.
on December 31,2013 | 04:15PM
Hilofrank wrote:
I met and knew this guy. He was a nice guy. Saw him at the Legislature and UH functions. I can't believe that someone would beat and kill him. So very, very sad and disgusting.
on December 31,2013 | 09:01AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Anyone who frequented the Goodwill Surplus Store on Kaumualii would know that Paul wouldn't hurt a fly. While I did not know him intimately--I knew him as an acquaintance and we did have numerous conversations over the past years. He always had a quiet and mild-mannered demeanor, despite him being very well spoken and knowledgeable--as he rarely approached other patrons. Although he never brought up his stint as a freelance journalist or his politic past, I always took him for an intellectual type--while I'm guessing that he probably took me for a young punk--for I am young enough to be his son or even grandson for that matter--but never did he speak to me in a condescending tone--nor did he feel the need to have the last word when we debated on various topics. He reminded me a bit of actor Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) because of his highly articulate manner of speaking. I would often see him either reading a book or listening to music on his CD player--hence the trademark continuous headphone wearing. Despite being homeless--he seemed happy and content with his life--and with his work--part of which included buying books by the cartload from this thrift stop to sell to book stores. He was even generous in the sense that despite his meager means--he would pay handsomely--anyone who was willing to transport the books he purchased to a self-storage facility. This is why I'm shocked beyond belief why anyone would dare hurt Paul.
on December 31,2013 | 02:13PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Tell you what, the length of your comment caught my attention and as I decide on how to reply, I think I am not going to write as much as you. I have had instances of being in neighborhoods where I was frightened beyond belief. The most recent memory was in downtown Atlanta, GA in 2005. I had completed my attendance at a convention and I was independent so I did not want to ask someone for directions to MARTA, Atlanta's Metro Train. I walked alone after midnight in downtown Atlanta, knowing that there were a good number of hoodlums probably hidden. I walked as normal as possible to the nearest MARTA station to catch that train back to the airport, to get into my hotel. Moral of the story, if one sees a bunch of hoodlums, don't instigate them. Keep a low profile. This incident probably involved trash talking between the parties in question and when push came to shove, a confrontation occurred. I would simply walk away from any conflict. No sense fighting, when one can walk away and live another day. Still, it was the responsibility of the young man arrested, not to be so aggravated that he had to snuff out a life to prove a point. Well it turns out this comment became lengthy. FYI, I am only 6 years younger than the deceased in this incident.
on December 31,2013 | 05:34PM
Pocho wrote:
no name cause the killer is a minor. Hell, he killed someone and the public should be made aware of who he is!
on December 31,2013 | 09:03AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I tend to agree with releasing the name and mugshot if a minor has been charged with a felony such as murder, manslaughter, sex assault or assault with a dangerous weapon that way people will know who this person is....
on December 31,2013 | 09:44AM
paniolo wrote:
I agree also. If they can commit felony crimes, too bad, let everyone know who they are and what they look like. Why protect the minors? They didn't care what horrible things they did.
on December 31,2013 | 11:35AM
copperwire9 wrote:
And if it turns out the wrong minor has been charged with that felony, then what? "Oops" doesn't cut it.
on December 31,2013 | 02:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If the wrong minor has been charged then the chargers will do serious time, and I'm not talking about The San Diego Chargers. Someone has pointed the police to this minor. The police don't guess, they just work with the facts: Protecting And Serving with Aloha, Honolulu's Finest, etc.
on December 31,2013 | 05:13PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Show an instance where a the wrong minor was charged then it was determined later that this was not the person who committed the crime...the cops are very through when they do a homicide investigation and gather all the available facts and evidence first before charging someone with that type of offense....
on December 31,2013 | 05:19PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on December 31,2013 | 05:36PM
kailua000 wrote:
soon enough
on December 31,2013 | 11:56AM
BadBingo wrote:
Sixteen years old and you beat a man to death. How can anyone have such a level of hate in them especially one so young?
on December 31,2013 | 10:04AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Lemme guess. This kid plays violent video games, knows who all the MMA stars are, and thinks knockout game videos are funny.
on December 31,2013 | 10:43AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Again not enough parental control.
on December 31,2013 | 11:45AM
Sounds like a person who has been there, done that.....
on December 31,2013 | 12:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Barry go home.
on December 31,2013 | 05:14PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Probably correct. But, what if the parents don't care enough to do anything about it? Then it's our problem to fix. And, what if they do but either don't know how or can't because they work too much to supervise. Once again, it's our problem to fix on a number of levels. We let violence permeate our society, and then applaud and ratify it when it suits our purposes or "entertains" our darker sides and condemn the very same violence when people copy it and act it out. Stupid.
on December 31,2013 | 12:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If the parents don't care, then better that the youth be protected in a juvenile detention center away from the parents.
on December 31,2013 | 05:15PM
kailua000 wrote:
Im more likely to lean towards dad is in jail for drugs or theft, maybe murder. Mom had 6 kids by 5 different men. Being supported by us, but has enough in food stamps to buy cigarettes and booze, lets kids run wild day and night and its someone elses fault.
on December 31,2013 | 11:58AM
false wrote:
on December 31,2013 | 12:12PM
false wrote:
Quite a turn around from your comment earlier, that mom and dad says he is a nice boy.
on December 31,2013 | 12:13PM
false wrote:
Well, no accident that most incarcerated are men, those with the testosterone, which in fact, works for us when men go into the military, and works against us, if men commit crimes.
on December 31,2013 | 12:15PM
Slow wrote:
I like making stuff up too.
on December 31,2013 | 12:44PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
At least 50% of the stuff on these forums are either levity or false, and some of the commentators are named false, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!
on December 31,2013 | 05:17PM
Slow wrote:
I saw lots of shoot 'em ups when I was young. Read war comics. Shot my friends "dead" with cap pistols. Loved pro wrestling. We all did this for years. None of us beat anyone to death. America is in love with violence but a movie or game does not cause some one to murder.
on December 31,2013 | 12:43PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Can Police charge a suspect, or can courts only do that? This news says charged with manslaughter and also arrested on suspicion of second degree murder.
on December 31,2013 | 10:37AM
mrluke wrote:
The Pros. office decides what to charge for a felony. It may be different than what he was initially arrested for.
on December 31,2013 | 02:17PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Thank You .... Very Much
on December 31,2013 | 05:18PM
Kealaula wrote:
I will miss seeing him waving traffic by. When I read of this I hoped it wasn't him. Auwe, what a monster we have in our midst.
on December 31,2013 | 11:31AM
Slow wrote:
Keep guessing. It's fun.
on December 31,2013 | 12:44PM
NieleHK wrote:
The photo in the paper must be REAL old, the Paul Manner I remember as the self-proclaimed governor of the Kingdom of Hawaii looked WAY older, anyone agree?
on December 31,2013 | 02:01PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Niele, wrong Paul. The self-proclaimed one is Paul Mattos, I believe. That one is not humble and mild-mannered.
on December 31,2013 | 07:05PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Is it possible this kid was playing the "knockout" game?
on December 31,2013 | 02:46PM
krusha wrote:
They described the victim as being messed up pretty bad, so probably wasn't a knockout victim since they try to knock them out using a single blow. Sounds more like a victim of a stomped to death game instead.
on January 1,2014 | 02:16AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Houseless people in Hawaii are always at risk of being victimised in this regard whether by strangers or known perpetrators. It will not stop until affordable housing is available for the housless community. Elder and disabled individuals are particularly vulnerable. A youth not taught appropriately of the social causes behind houselessness or lives in a household equally ignorant of the social causes, is a youth in frustration and ignorance, believes it best to lash out at the symptoms instead. That youth heads to prison continuing a cycle...TEACH YOUR YOUTH TODAY-TELL YOUR LEGISLATORS HOUSE THE HOUSELESS AT NO DELAY-REMOVE THE SYMPTOMS OF YOUR SOCIAL DECAY!!!
on December 31,2013 | 07:30PM
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