Man wounded after alleged hatchet attack on city bus

Police arrest suspect accused of attacking passenger with hatchet on city bus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have arrested a man who allegedly attacked another man with an a hatchet on a city bus on Tuesday morning.

Authorities initially responded around 4:10 a.m. to the scene at Nimitz Highway near Peltier Avenue.

According to police, it started when the suspect’s erratic behavior caused passengers to step in and attempt to restrain him to calm him down.

That appeared to work initially, but as the passengers took their seats, the suspect allegedly pulled out a weapon — described as a hatchet or small ax — and swung it at another man, striking him at least once.

Witnesses described the victim’s wound as a 3-inch gash.

Emergency Medical Services treated the 29-year-old victim and rushed him to the hospital in serious condition.

Police arrested the suspect after multiple passengers identified him. A spokesperson for the Honolulu Police Department says the suspect, a 35-year-old man, was released pending an ongoing investigation.

He is expected to be charged with second-degree aggravated assault.

Neither the victim nor suspect have been identified.

All lanes of Nimitz Highway were reopened by 7 a.m.

This story will be updated.

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