Police: Homeless man tried to smother good samaritan in her sleep

Police: Homeless man tried to smother good samaritan in her sleep
Daryl Thomas
Daryl Thomas

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An elderly widow tells Hawaii News Now by phone that she is satisfied that bail for her attacker is set so high.

55-year old Daryl Thomas is accused of trying to smother the 65-year old woman who was trying to help him.

According to court documents, the woman needed the trees trimmed on her 4-acre property in Kailua back in 2009.   Her church bulletin featured Thomas who said he needed work.  She hired him in 2009 and even let him move into a portable unit on the property.

He lived there for years.  But over time the woman noticed Thomas was becoming violent.

She wrote in a Temporary Restraining Order request, "His behavior has become more irrational and paranoid."

It went on to say,

"…We were very concerned that he might harm my grandchildren and ourselves if he got drunk enough."

The woman's husband died of cancer while Thomas was living on the property and her children moved in.

It was her daughter who heard screaming Wednesday morning from the woman's bedroom and turned on the light.   Police say that scared off Thomas who ran.  Honolulu Police found him a short time later hiding on the property.

"She's a nice, old lady," says Church Kumuhone, another worker on the property.  He says Thomas threatened him and his co-workers too.

Thomas is charged with attempted murder and terroristic threatening, is bail is set a million dollars.

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