Police put up yellow tape while they investigate a stabbing in Waipahu
WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Honolulu police are looking for a suspect after a 36-year-old man was stabbed Thursday in front of the Waipahu Library on Mokuola Street.
Police have opened an attempted murder investigation. Police received calls around 7:10 a.m. after people saw the bleeding man lay down on a bench in front of the library.
Emergency Medical Services said the victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition with stab wounds to his head.
Detective Derek Dela Cruz with the Criminal Investigation Division said the victim is now listed in good condition.
A bus rider who called 911 told Hawaii News Now that she witnessed the victim after he was already injured and bleeding from the right side of his forehead. She said he was standing at the crosswalk on Mokuola Street near the library and yelled at the suspect from a distance. She said it sounded like he was picking a fight with the suspect who was walking through the library’s side parking lot. The victim yelled, “Why don’t you come over here and stab me on the other side, so it will match.” The suspect replied, “Well, you shouldn’t have hit me with a stick.”
Detective Dela Cruz said that no one has come forward who actually witnessed the stabbing itself.
The bus rider said the suspect appeared to be a tall, large Polynesian male who was wearing a gray shirt and tan shorts. He was wearing sunglasses on his head and a carrying a backpack.
Police say the victim may have been homeless, but it’s unclear if the suspect was homeless.