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Prosecutors charge man, 36, in botched Kapolei carjacking

Prosecutors have charged a 36-year-old man accused of stabbing a man in connection with a botched carjacking in Kapolei.

Peti Ili Jr. was charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and first-degree robbery. His bail is set at $100,000.

Police said the stabbing occurred in a shopping center parking lot at 480 Kamokila Boulevard shortly after 6:20 p.m. Friday.

According to a police affidavit, a 24-year-old man was sitting in the front passenger seat of a black 2017 Subaru Crosstrek waiting for his girlfriend who was at a nail salon when a man opened the car door and told him to get out.

When the victim refused, police said the suspect stabbed the victim in the chest with a folding knife.

The victim exited the vehicle and tried to fend off the suspect when the suspect allegedly stabbed him several more times.

The suspect entered the victim’s SUV and tried to start the vehicle when the victim grabbed the car keys and ran into the nail salon.

Police said a 41-year-old bystander intervened when the suspect later identified as Ili stabbed him in the back. A struggle ensued between the two men when a witness observed a handgun in Ili’s hand and knife covered with blood on the ground.

Police said one round was discharged during the struggle. The 41-year-old man then removed the gun from Ili’s hand then went to a hospital to seek treatment for the stab wound. There were no reports of any gunshot injuries.

Other bystanders restrained Ili at the scene until police arrived.

Emergency Medical Services personnel treated the 24-year-old man who sustained stab wounds and lacerations to his upper body, arm and leg. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Ili has a criminal record of one felony conviction for promoting a dangerous drug and a petty misdemeanor conviction for a liquor violation involving a minor.

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