Wahiawa man brutally beaten at Tantalus

Wahiawa man brutally beaten at Tantalus
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mugger is on the run and a young Wahiawa man is still nursing his injuries following a brutal attack at Tantalus Tuesday morning.

Brandon Corales, 20, suffered bruised ribs, bleeding from the brain and a concussion.

"It was really terrifying, it was traumatizing," Brandon Corales said.

Corales said he was hanging out with friends at one of their favorite spots, Round Top Drive, around 1:00 a.m. when the attack happened. He says a stranger with his face covered jumped out of a gold four-door Honda Accord and rushed him.

"He walked menacing, no words, no sounds, grabbed the door quick, jumped in, grabbed me, hit me…I was on the ground covering, he still hits me a few more times, he kicks me in my ribs…I was dazed. The only thing I could do was run," said Corales.

Corales said he jumped into some sharp brush and hid until his attackers left.

"I played possum, I stayed quiet, I didn't want to risk it," he said.

After hours of hiding out, Corales said he finally gathered enough strength to get help. But only to realize his blue Honda had been strip for parts and his belongings were stolen. He said his friends had run away.

Corales said the area seems to be a place where only bad things have happened lately with three police investigations since Sunday. A manhunt was underway also on Tuesday morning after police discovered a suspicious, possibly explosive, device in a stolen BMW that was involved in a crash. And on Sunday, a community clean-up effort led to a gruesome discovery. Two men stumbled on a human skull and bones.

Corales said he has no idea why the man targeted him.

"I mean if he would have asked for my keys, my money, my items, I would have definitely given it. It's not worth it…maybe they were finishing the job, maybe they want me alive to tell the story and here I am now."

Corales wants to spread awareness of this incident because he doesn't want anyone else getting hurt. He also said he would like to see a greater police presence up there.

Corales said the suspect was heavy set, about 5'8.

If you have information about this case, call police.

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