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Police: Suspect stabbed man and then set house on fire

Sgt. Michael Kahikina Sgt. Michael Kahikina
Jordan Wong Jordan Wong

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of trying to kill his business partner has been arrested. Police say the suspect stabbed the man then set his home on fire, but the victim was able to identify his attacker before slipping into a coma.

Police say a dispute between two business partners ended in violence at the victim's home. Neighbors reported hearing an argument before flames damaged the house on Third Street just before 1:00 AM Monday.

"There was a real tiny fire on the porch and I ran in the house and told my mom to call 911 cause there's a fire and came right back outside and the whole front of the house, the whole roof was on fire. Burned fast," said eyewitness Jordan Wong.

The victim, David Davis, and his wife rent the house, but she wasn't there at the time of the attack. Police say the suspect stabbed Davis in the living room, then started the fire before leaving.

"Victim was able to gather his strength once the house was engulfed in flames he was able to make it to the bathroom area of the residence and then jump out of the window and then he ended up in the back of the residence. He actually tried to hose himself down because he did have some third degree burns" said Sgt. Michael Kahikina of HPD.

About 18 firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze.

"When the ambulance came down here, and we took him to the ambulance, it was found that he had multiple stab wounds. And so it was at that point he made statements to us as far as who the suspect was" said Kahikina.

Paramedics took Davis to the hospital in critical condition. He suffered severe burns to his hands and face. Police issued an all points bulletin for a gray dodge pickup registered to David Silverman of Waikiki.

Sources say the suspect and victim are business partners at 24/7 Towing in Waipahu. Sources also tell Hawaii News Now that Davis was the suspect in a police standoff at the 24/7 tow yard in October.

Police were called to the area after people heard gunshots. No one was hurt in that incident. Police arrested Davis after an eight-hour standoff

Police have now opened an attempted murder, arson, and criminal property damage investigation. Damage to the home is estimated at $185,000.

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