The 21-year-old Kalihi man, accused of stabbing a 20-year-old Aiea man to death Friday night, said he chased the man because the victim threw bottles at him and his cousins.
Vainuupo Tosoga is being held on $150,000 bail after he was charged Saturday with second-degree murder of Jason Oliveros. The victim had been stabbed several times.
Tosoga entered a plea of not guilty at his initial District Court appearance Monday morning.
In a police affidavit filed in court police said were called to the Halona and Houghtailing street area at 3 a.m. Friday near the Lunalilo Freeway to investigate report of “a group of shirtless males chasing one shirtless male.”
Police found Oliveros with stab wounds lying on the side of the road. Oliveros was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:40 a.m.
A police officer at the scene said he saw the suspect “shirtless, sweating, breathing heavily with bloody hands, leg and shoulder” on Mookaula Street at Moowa Street across from the Lunalilo Freeway where the victim’s body was found, the court document said.
The suspect was wearing red shorts — matching the description a witness earlier gave of the man who had fled Halona Street following a fight.
Three witnesses identified the suspect as one of the men chasing the victim.
The suspect also told police that he was chasing a man by the freeway because “the male threw bottles at him and his cousins.”
Tosoga was arrested at 4:29 a.m. at Mookaula and Moowa streets.
Police also arrested a 19-year-old Kalihi man Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, but he was released Saturday pending further investigation. Both Tosoga and the 19-year-old suspect gave police the same Waikamilo Street home address — just few blocks north of the crime scene.