Police seek witnesses after attempted murder at bus stop

Police seek witnesses after attempted murder at bus stop
Carl Realista
Carl Realista

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Carl Realista was waiting for a bus on Dillingham Boulevard near Kalihi Street around 5 a.m. Sunday, when police believe someone attacked and severely beat the 60-year-old.

Officers woke up his brother.

"So I said, 'What happened?' And he said they found him by the bus stop, out, and he's in critical condition," Freddie Realista said.

The bus stop fronts Bank of Hawaii and faces an Aloha gas station and mini mart. Both have surveillance cameras. But none of them have a clear shot of the bus stop where Realista was attacked.

Detectives hope an eyewitness comes forward.

"We believe that there were numerous people at the bus stop that morning. After he was found, a bus pulled in and people loaded on the bus," said Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.

Realista's relatives said he is hospitalized with injuries to the side of his face and head.

"He had brain surgery. He's in pretty bad shape," his brother said.

Five days a week, Realista would board a bus for work. He was the groundskeeper at Kunawai Terrace.

"He's never missed a day of work in 21 years. Really a faithful worker," resident manager Bob Walsh said.

"He's single and he's always by himself," Freddie Realista said. "He don't go out and look for trouble."

Sunday morning, it appears that trouble found him.

If you have any information that can help solve this crime, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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