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A man who allegedly ran over and attacked a 37-year-old woman while she was pushing a 6-month-old child in a stroller in the Mililani Walmart parking lot Wednesday morning faces a number of pending charges

Desmond Kekahuna, 46, of Waipahu, faces potential charges of two counts of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and criminal contempt of court, arrest records show. He was injured in the course of officers arresting him, according to Honolulu Police Department spokesperson Sarah Yoro.

Authorities said Kekahuna intentionally hit the woman with a vehicle, dragged her about 15 feet, exited his vehicle and beat her with a tire iron or crowbar, leaving her in critical condition. He then assaulted a 40-year-old military man who tried to intervene, sources said.

“It looked like her legs were practically severed,” an eyewitness told Hawaii News Now. While bystanders shouted for Kekahuna to stop beating the man, the eyewitness said, “He was just crazed, nonstop beating this fellah.”

The male victim was in serious condition, according to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. EMS paramedics treated both victims and transported them to a hospital. The child was not injured.

Whether Kekahuna knew the woman remains unclear. HPD would not release more information as of this morning, citing an ongoing investigation.

County prosecutors had criminally cited Kekahuna for harassment in September. A judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he missed a court appearance the next month.

The alleged harassment occurred at the Jack Hall subsidized housing project in Waipahu, where Kekahuna resided, according to court documents. Kekahuna had no monthly income and paid no rent for his subsidized two-bedroom apartment at Jack Hall, court documents show.

The property management company accused Kekahuna of using a bat to threaten a relative of the resident manager, and also of threatening another tenant whose unit was later damage when a rock was thrown at a sliding glass door, according to a lawyer for the property manager as it sought to evict him in September. He was evicted without incident on Nov. 1 by a court order.

That same day, the Attorney General’s Child Support Enforcement Agency issued Kekahuna another order, requiring that he pay $166 a month in child support as the “responsible parent” for two teen-aged offspring. The order shows Kekahuna still had no income.

In 1999, Kekahuna was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. The state had requested that the court mandate anger management and a substance abuse assessment. Kekahuna pleaded no contest and received a sentence of five years probation, which included a condition that he “obtain and maintain mental health treatment or services,” according to the court record.

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