BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The young man accused of the shocking home invasion on the Big Island appeared in court on Monday. Seferin Tilipou, 18, is charged with attempted murder, burglary and assault. His bail is set at $500,000.
A Keaau woman thought she had scared away a burglar. Mary Davy, 69, even barricaded her front door, but the suspect allegedly returned and attacked her with gardening scissors he found outside around midnight on Saturday. Davy was on the phone with her daughter at the time.
"All I could hear was this struggle and the most guttural screaming like a horror movie, like someone was getting murdered. It was horrible," said Suzanne MacAdam, the victim's daughter.
According to court documents, Tilipou also sat on top of Davy and used his hands to stretch her mouth open until her cheeks tore on both sides. As the attack continued, MacAdam said she used her husband's cell phone to call 911.
"This is not somebody who just came in and was like, 'Oh, I'm stabbing you.' This is somebody that was manhandling, assaulting, and stabbing this person for no reason," said MacAdam.
MacAdam said Tilipou finally stopped when police arrived. Officers arrested him after he was spotted casually walking away from the home.
"It was petrifying. I was so scared. It was horrible to hear," said MacAdam. "This is a crazy, dangerous person. We don't need crazy, dangerous people in our neighborhood."
Davy has been released from the hospital. Friends are now trying to raise money to help pay for her medical expenses.