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Police suspect drugs, murder in Mililani man's disappearance

Jamil Khan Jamil Khan
Adam Catan Adam Catan
Angie Taylor Angie Taylor
Joshua Williams Joshua Williams
Michael Connolly Michael Connolly

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MAKAKILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two men are in Honolulu police custody accused of murdering a Mililani resident who was the subject of a Crimestoppers missing persons bulletin last week. Sources say a dispute over a marijuana operation is believed to have triggered the slaying.

Residents of a usually peaceful cul-de-sac in Makakilo are slowly getting back to their lives, after witnessing a heart-pounding police operation Saturday.

"The neighborhood is a very quiet neighborhood. It's real calm and everything," Adam Catan, suspect's neighbor, said. "Yesterday, it became quite something different."

"We saw about 12 SWAT guys creeping up the street with their guns drawn," Angie Taylor, suspect's neighbor, said. "We were like oh my goodness, what's going on."

Heavily-armed officers stormed a house on Hooko Place and arrested Joshua Williams, 25, on suspicion of murder, arson and commercial promotion of marijuana. A second suspect, Michael Connolly, 24, was nabbed at a separate location about three hours later.

The two are accused in Jamil Khan's disappearance, which investigators believe was drug-related.

"We found out we had possible drug activity and a possible murder in the neighborhood, and it's shocking," Catan said.

Last Wednesday, Khan's mother made a tearful plea for the public's help in finding the 24-year-old.

"Now it's been a week, so it's like you begin to lose hope," Sheila Khan, missing man's mother, said last Wednesday. "But we're still hoping."

Although police haven't recovered a body, they now say the Mililani man was killed and his car was torched.

"You think you live in a nice neighborhood," Taylor said. "It's real quiet. Everybody kind of knows each other."

Investigators say they found an indoor marijuana growing operation when they searched Williams' home. Catan says he can't believe the neighbor he used to wave at is now accused of murder.

"You just hope that if this is actually the person that did this, that they would tell them where the body is and they can have some closure," Catan said.

The suspects are awaiting charges.

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