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Police arrest man, 30, in Kaimuki fatal stabbing


  • Thaddeus “Ted” Pirga Jr., Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper hawker, died No.v 9 after he was stabbed on the sidewalk of Waialae Ave. near 9th Ave. (Courtesy Tracy Dwire)

  • Gary Lee Landis, 30, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the death of Thaddeus “Ted” Pirga Jr., of Hawaii Kai. (CrimeStoppers)
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A 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 70-year-old man who sold newspapers in Kaimuki.

Honolulu police arrested Gary Lee Landis at 11:15 a.m. on suspicion of murder in the death of Thaddeus “Ted” Pirga Jr., of Hawaii Kai, according to a news release from CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department. Charges against Landis are pending.

Pirga, a retired welder and popular seller of the Sunday Honolulu Star-Advertiser in Kai­muki, died Nov. 9 after he was stabbed while at his post in front of Cafe Miro on Wai­alae Avenue.

Responding to a report at 3:40 a.m. about a man needing help, police found Pirga on the sidewalk where he had been stabbed. Paramedics took Pirga in critical condition to a hospital, where he died. Police then opened a second-degree murder case.

In late April, CrimeStoppers released grainy surveillance images of a man riding a moped who was wanted for questioning. He was described as possibly having a mohawk haircut, tattoos on both forearms, and wearing an aloha shirt.

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