Man stabbed in neck at Kapiolani Park

Police arrested this man, who they say matches the description of the attacker
Police arrested this man, who they say matches the description of the attacker
Police Lieutenant Damaine Hasegawa
Police Lieutenant Damaine Hasegawa

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Honolulu Police say a man was stabbed in the neck in Waikiki's Kapiolani Park just before 5:00 PM Monday night.

The victim, believed to be in his 40's is at The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. Witnesses say the victim was sleeping on a park bench when the alleged attacker jogged towards him. They say the stabbing happened so fast it was like slap.

At Honolulu Police Headquarters Monday night, officers took in a man they say matches the description of the stabbing suspect. He's brought in on suspicion of attempted murder among other charges.

Across town, there's crime tape and police canvassing for clues, specifically a knife. They scour the area near Kapiolani Park's bandstand. Blood on the ground marks where the victim was stabbed in the neck.

"The victim was supposedly lying on the table and the suspect came upon him," said Honolulu Police Lieutenant Damaine Hasegawa.

Witnesses afraid to go on camera say the suspect jogged up to the victim and made contact with him. They say it seemed like a quick slap because it happened so fast. The man was then seen casually jogging away. They found the potential suspect who matched the description, sitting down in the park's soccer field about five to ten minutes after the incident.

"He appeared to be residentially challenged. Basically mats, mattresses, blankets in the area that he was sitting in," said Lt. Hasegawa.

The critical stabbing comes just about 24-hours after another man was attacked at a Starbucks Sunday night, just down the street.

"Waikiki can be a potentially dangerous place. This particular incident at this time, we don't know the motive," said Lt. Hasegawa.

Police say patrol units will be more visible in Waikiki, but still don't know if the two men knew each other or if this was a random attack. They say any details will be difficult to find out given the victim's severe condition.