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Prosecutors decline to press charges in Waikiki stabbing case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:54 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2012

The suspect in the stabbing death following a confrontation over a stolen bag at Queen’s Beach Jan. 22 was released Sunday after prosecutors declined to take up the case, saying it was a matter of self defense.

Police arrested a 42-year-old man Friday, but released him Sunday.

Brycen Iona, 20, of Kaneohe died of stab wounds to his chest after he allegedly stole a bag near the concession areas of Queen’s Surf about 2:25 a.m. Jan. 22.

The 42-year-old owner of the bag confronted Iona and several other men and an argument ensued, police said.

Police alleged that Iona struck the bag owner who allegedly stabbed Iona and another man.

A 39-year-old man initially was arrested right after the stabbing. He was later released because he had been mistakenly identified by witnesses and had nothing to do with the incident, said Dave Koga, spokesman for the city prosecutor’s office.

On Sunday, Honolulu police also released the suspect in a fatal stabbing at Mayor Wright housing because the case involved self-defense. Police arrested the 33-year-old man Friday night after a fight involving several people that left one man dead and three others wounded, one critically.

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jimbone wrote:
They did the right thing= NO CHARGES/ RELEASED. This was a matter of self -defense, just to bad he died. But look back at the kids track record, it was coming sooner or later.
on January 30,2012 | 11:01AM
scooters wrote:
Good call Prosecutors Office!
on January 30,2012 | 01:30PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I hope that the cops gave him back his property (the knife) so that he can defend himself against other punks like this Brycen character...
on January 30,2012 | 02:10PM
lca1214 wrote:
It's to bad someone had to die. What a price to pay for stealing! I wonder if this is the same group responsible for a rash of burglaries in the kaneohe kailua areas. Now the man who killed this person will have to deal with the trauma.
on January 31,2012 | 04:33AM
sak wrote:
Make my day PUNK! Too bad he didn't have a gun, so he could have taken all of the PUNKS down. Give the guy a medal please.
on January 31,2012 | 08:26AM
sleepy wrote:
Warms my heart.
on January 31,2012 | 05:01AM
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