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.