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Suspect captured in Kalihi stabbing

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The suspect in a stabbing in Kalihi Thursday night sits in the back of a police car after his arrest in Kalihi.
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Police taped off an area of Kalihi while they searched for a suspect and investigated a stabbing on Kamualii Street between Mokauea and Kalihi streets.

A 35-year-old man was recovering at the Queen’s Medical Center after being stabbed repeatedly by an acquaintance in Kalihi late Thursday afternoon.

After shutting down sections of Mokauea and Kaumualii streets for about two and a half hours, police captured a 55-year-old man in a neighboring yard.

The victim and the suspect are acquainted and appeared to have been “hanging out” together but are not related, said Detective Chris Kim of the Honolulu Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

A witness told police that victim was sitting along a walkway between two houses on Kaumualii when the attacker inexplicably and without provocation began stabbing him shortly after 5 p.m., Kim said.

The victim tried to flee and continued to be stabbed, eventually ending in a carport on Mokauea, police said. The suspect, meanwhile, fled.

About 7:30, after canvassing several blocks house-to-house, police captured a man neighbors identified by first name in the backyard of Benjamin Dawson’s home on Ahuula Street, the street just mauka of Kaumualii. Dawson said he heard rustling coming from his backyard, and then the sound of officers apprehending the suspect.

It appeared the man had hopped the fence over from a house on Kaumualii, Dawson said.

As the handcuffed suspect was being led into a patrol car, he told reporters, “I did something bad.”


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