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Prosecutors charge suspect, 29, for allegedly stabbing man in neck in Waikiki

Prosecutors charged a 29-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed a 21-year-old man in the neck near the Kapahulu Groin in Waikiki early Tuesday.

Otis Alexander was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and possession of a switchblade knife in commission of a crime. He was released after posting a $100,00 bail bond and is scheduled to appear at his arraignment Monday at Honolulu District Court.

Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to a report of a stabbing in the vicinity of the Kapahulu Groin at about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.

EMS treated the victim who sustained a stab wound to the neck. He was taken in critical condition to a hospital. Police said the victim’s condition has since improved.

Officers arrested the suspect later identified as Alexander for investigation of attempted murder and terroristic threatening.

Another stabbing occurred a short distance away near the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole statue at about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said two men visiting from California were confronted by a group of individuals. A fight ensued and one of the visitors identified as 19-year-old Elian De La Cerda was stabbed in the chest. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

This was De La Cerda’s first trip to Hawaii, according to a relative. He was vacationing in Hawaii for about a week and set to travel back to California on Tuesday.

De La Cerda’s friend, 23, sustained a contusion to the head and minor cut to his hand when he was struck by a skateboard and assaulted in the affray. He was treated and released at a hospital.

At about 6 p.m. that day, District 6 Crime Reduction Unit officers arrested 21-year-old Oscar K. Cardona, a Waikiki resident, on suspicion of murder.

Police said the two stabbings are not related to one another.

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