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Residents, visitors on edge after beach stabbing

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 07:59 a.m. HST, Nov 01, 2012

COURTESY HAWAII NEWS NOWPolice examined the scene on Diamond Head Beach where a woman was stabbed Wednesday morning.

Beachgoers expressed shock and issued calls for a greater police presence after a 48-year-old woman was stabbed at Diamond Head Beach early Wednesday.

"We surf here a lot, and I've always felt safe until the last couple of years when I've seen a couple of tents and seen and smelled them building fires," said surfer Laarni Gedo, 34. "I've had my car broken into at least twice in the last couple of years.

"I want the cops to be more present in the area and at least get them out," she said.

Police said a man tried to take the woman's property at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. After a struggle, the man stabbed the woman with a dangerous instrument, police said. The woman screamed and the suspect ran off.

A bystander, who tended to the woman, gave a description of the suspect to police. Other beachgoers saw a man earlier begging for food and money who fit that description, police said.

The woman was taken to a hospital just after 7 a.m. in serious condition, according to the Department of Emergency Services. Police said she suffered up to five possible stab wounds to her body.

KHON-TV reported that the woman was a visitor from Europe who had been camping on the beach with a male traveling companion.

Steve DeMesa, 57, of Makiki said, "This place has the components for something like that to happen. It's pretty isolated. It's not a safe place, especially for a woman."

The beach is at the bottom of steep cliffs.

Trudy Tanner, 53, and husband, John, 50, visiting from Portsmouth, England, were walking Wednesday afternoon from Black Point to Diamond Head Beach Park.

"As we've come along this end, this looks like the rougher end," she said. "There's litter everywhere and graffiti. It's definitely not the best place to be walking."

She did feel uneasy after learning about the stabbing. "I won't be talking to any strange men," she said.

Surfer Aileen Young, 43, said, "It doesn't really bother me."

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mellishi wrote:
...what in the world was she doing there CAMPING??? Did she have a camping permit from the State or City? (I doubt it!!!) We need more policing in that area and maybe move-out the homeless to Triangle Park instead (that way, the police can do their job while they cruise Diamond Head Road and Kahala Avenue)!
on November 1,2012 | 02:47AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
She would be safer in a hotel. The hospital room cost more now.
on November 1,2012 | 08:02AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
Maybe we end up paying for it through organizations like Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii.
on November 1,2012 | 10:21AM
allie wrote:
true but why blame the victim? Camping at the foot of Diamond Head used to be part of the hawaii romance.
on November 1,2012 | 11:25AM
dalawyer wrote:
Bye bye Allie!
on November 1,2012 | 02:19PM
ejkorvette wrote:
If the HTA is advertising Hawaii as a much sought after vacation destination, then they should work harder and more closely with HPD in ensuring the tourist locations, especially the beaches, are safe, clean, and available during designated times of the day. I understand that HPD cannot physically be everywhere, all the time, but patrols of "tourist monitors" should be made available. Folks from Europe especially seek out places like Hawaii that boasts warmer temps and friendlier dispositions on a whole. HTA, do you hear the dollars going down the drain? Step up security or lose face and reputation.
on November 1,2012 | 03:48AM
false wrote:
The HTA better start warning tourists that the homeless will now be "relieving" themselves in public areas where we all walk because the bathrooms are closed at night. Violence and "poop" will now be everywhere.
on November 1,2012 | 04:28AM
allie wrote:
good point
on November 1,2012 | 11:24AM
iansuen wrote:
I completely agree. It seems like the HTA is only concerned about getting the tourists here through more flights and not really caring about what happens afterwards. It's all about dollars and visitor "spending" but nothing about being proactive to prevent crimes against tourists.
on November 1,2012 | 04:55AM
jomama wrote:
Ridiculous that anyone thinks HTA is relevant here. Gimme a break.
on November 1,2012 | 02:19PM
rags23 wrote:
Do you not have a responsibility to print a description of the perp? Aiding and abetting lite. Who do you serve?
on November 1,2012 | 03:52AM
Silversword wrote:
"Litter everywhere and graffiti. It's definitely not the best plea to be walking"? What is that tourist from England talking about? She's walking on the parkland shores of Diamond Head, in Hawaii, for heaven's sake! Did the reporter take a look around? I challenge her to show me any graffiti or major litter down there. Diamond Head is one of the cleanest, quietest, away-from-it-all beaches on the south shore, and it's kept that way by users, who take pride in keeping the beach clean and cigarette butt-free. It's too bad the incident happened, but the victim was camping illegally. The Star-Advertiser does our community a disservice by casting the innocent beach in such a negative and scary way -- and furthermore relies on the uninformed babbling of visitors to do it.
on November 1,2012 | 04:24AM
Konawayne wrote:
It will cost extra money to police that area. Perhaps a beach fund for an extra policeman in that area is in order.
on November 1,2012 | 05:24AM
soundofreason wrote:
Is this maybe the hiking trail stabber that Judge Perkins set free among us?
on November 1,2012 | 07:14AM
Rapanui00 wrote:
The homeless situation is out of control and getting worse. Immediate action is needed now! Also no one is allowed to camp on the beach at DH so where were our police on that?
on November 1,2012 | 07:14AM
allie wrote:
on November 1,2012 | 11:24AM
ready2go wrote:
This is why we need to consider "capital punishment" in Hawaii.
on November 1,2012 | 07:40AM
false wrote:
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on November 1,2012 | 08:34AM
thebostitch wrote:
..... both, just to be sure :)))))))))
on November 1,2012 | 05:54PM
Shawn211 wrote:
All these comments that we want HPD to better police these areas of crime, but the reality is that they can't be everywhere everytime !! We have to start to take responsibility for ourselves, maybe of the Diamond head/Kahala community can start their own community watch program. If we want out neighbors to be safe we have to take ownership too.
on November 1,2012 | 08:11AM
saveparadise wrote:
Until we are allowed to out source and send these dangerous criminals somewhere where real punishment can be dealt out as a deterrent we will all have to put up with higher odds that we will be the victim someday. I don't know of anyone that has not been touched in some way by the increasing crime here in Hawaii. Insanity will continue until a Judicial system overhaul takes place.
on November 1,2012 | 08:52AM
allie wrote:
very true and the homeless seem to be more lawless and unstable than ever.
on November 1,2012 | 11:24AM
kainalu wrote:
Also, a large segment of our homeless are mentally challenged by legal standards. As a society, we've failed to take care of that segment - the mentally challenged that are still able to fend for themselves - by living homeless and eating out of garbage cans.
on November 1,2012 | 12:32PM
honopic wrote:
Another typical fluff response from you, allie. Until the suspect is caught, you are only ASSUMING he is homeless, and yet you make a general statement about all homeless people, painting them with the same brush as "lawless" and "unstable." Be thankful you were not the victim and that you have your job slinging pizzas, or you could be one of the homeless, too. Would that suddenly make you "lawless and unstable?"
on November 1,2012 | 12:52PM
Bigdog_MD wrote:
So one tourist of questionable intellect squatting in Kahala gets attacked and all of a sudden we need to change policy? Seriously? Hawaii is still one of the safest cities in the US. The sky is not falling people, get a grip.
on November 1,2012 | 09:07AM
kaupani wrote:
Uh, Hawaii is not a city. Check a map sometime.
on November 1,2012 | 09:22PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Basicly, she wasn't supposed to be camping there. Whatever her situation, homeless or visiting, some street sense needs to come into play. A single woman, alone, is opening up yourself for trouble on a deserted beach. The attacker still violated the law and should be pursued and charged. This area is notorious for late nite parties that run til daylight. I walk this area and you see them coming up right after sunrise and yes, they look like sh*t.
on November 1,2012 | 11:10AM
JBIV wrote:
How about sharing the description with the public? It might make catching the jerk a little easier: "A bystander, who tended to the woman, gave a description of the suspect to police. Other beachgoers saw a man earlier begging for food and money who fit that description, police said." And don't assume that the woman was stupid. She probably comes from a part of Europe (Germany, Switzerland) that has almost no crime of this type. Don't blame the victim. Blame the criminal.
on November 1,2012 | 11:15AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
The actual description would have helped. No?
on November 1,2012 | 02:20PM
LizKauai wrote:
Sounds eerily like the unsolved murders and attacks that happened here on Kauai a few years ago.
on November 1,2012 | 03:41PM
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