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    Photos by Krystle Marcellus / A fight involving about 20 people occurred around 7 a.m. Sunday on Sheridan Street between Liona and Elm streets. A 22-year-old man was hospitalized after being stabbed. Below, police investigated at the site, behind the McDonald's on Keeaumoku Street.

In response to community concerns over recent violent incidents in the Keeaumoku area, Honolulu police last week visited several businesses in the area that sell liquor, police said on their website.

Police said officers discussed with workers the importance of calling police when a problem arises.

Recent incidents have prompted officials to consider whether police presence in the area should be increased at certain times.

Police are also working with the Honolulu Liquor Commission to identify and address community concerns.

At least three violent incidents were reported last month in the early morning hours around Keeaumoku and Sheridan streets.

Police arrested a 21-year-old Kalihi man and charged him with assault after he allegedly stabbed a 22-year-old man during a brawl involving about 20 people. Police said the fight happened on March 31, just after 7 a.m. on Sheridan Street in back of the Keeaumoku McDonald’s. The suspect, Richard A. Lam, is also charged with promoting a dangerous drug.

Police are still looking for suspects in a March 15 fight in which two men were stabbed in front of the Kee­au­moku McDonald’s following a fight involving two groups of young people.

On March 3, police arrested an Ewa Beach man in a baseball bat assault and stabbing on Makaloa Street near the Walgreens on Keeaumoku Street, at about 5:30 a.m.

But police released the 20-year-old suspect after the victims declined to press charges.

Paramedics took a 21-year-old man to the hospital with stab wounds and police said a 20-year-old man was hit with a baseball bat in the incident.

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