KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 30-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in Kalihi early Thursday in an apparent altercation that relatives said started over a cigarette.
He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serous but stable condition with stab wounds to his back, chest, arm and hand.
Family members identified the victim as Teslus James, and said he was stabbed outside the Mayor Wright housing area. But police have still not located the crime scene, and said mid-day Thursday that he was no longer cooperating with investigators.
The stabbing happened about 5 a.m., and relatives said he had been drinking at the time. They said James was stabbed after refusing to give the suspect a cigarette.
Relatives called 911 after discovering James outside their apartment, bleeding and crying for help.
Neighbors also saw James trying to make his way home after the stabbing.
"He cried for help and was screaming, and I should have grabbed my phone and come out here and helped him," said a neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous.
She said James had been shirtless, and she didn't notice that he was injured. The woman watched him make his way down the lane to his home.
Police canvassed the area and tried to back trace any possible blood evidence from James' home to the crime scene. Rain in Kalihi on Thursday exacerbated the search for the crime scene, and may have washed away blood evidence.
James, who has been in Hawaii since 2012, is a warehouse worker at party rental supply company.
Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call police.