MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police opened a murder investigation after discovering a badly-beaten elderly man at a church in Manoa Wednesday. They say a homeless man showed up at HPD headquarters and told them where the victim was.
The medical examiner has not yet released the name of the victim, identified by police as a homeless man. Investigators are still trying to nail down what led to the killing.
In the shadow of darkness, in the back of St. Pius Catholic Church in Manoa, a 70-year-old homeless man was found unresponsive with massive head injuries.
At sun up, homicide detectives were still at the scene gathering information. The murder case stunned residents in the normally peaceful community.
"More times than not, it's really quiet," Jack Hirai, who lives right across the church, said. "I'd be really surprised. Nothing like that happens around here."
Police arrested another homeless man, David Orpin, 59, in connection with the deadly beating. They say Orpin walked up to the main police station at about 1:40 AM, and made a startling announcement to officers at the security checkpoint.
"The male reported that he had possibly killed a man in a church parking lot in the Manoa area," Capt. Britt Nishijo, Honolulu Police Department, said. "At that time, officers were sent to that parking lot and discovered a lifeless male."
Among the outreach services St. Pius offers -- a pantry where non-perishable food is distributed to the needy like Robert Apilado. He and many others had not heard about the violent death.
"I was shocked," Apilado said. "I never know nothing. All I came for, I said let's go get some food and then we just came. The church never say nothing about anything."
On Thursday, the suspect was charged with murder in the second-degree. Bail is set at $100,000.
"At this point, everything is still under investigation," Nishijo said. "If there was an argument, we're not sure. We don't know what the motive was."