The 5-year-old victim poses with friends in this recent photo. (Image: Family)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Neighbors say the man who fatally stabbed a 5-year-old boy in McCully on Monday was known to get loud and have violent outbursts.
Police have arrested Waiser Walter, 26, on second-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder charges in connection with the double stabbing, which also left a 29-year-old woman critically injured.
The stabbing happened about 4:45 p.m., when police were responding to a domestic argument in an apartment on Lime Street. A subsequent call reported a stabbing at the same unit.
Family members identified the 5-year-old as Jeremiah, and said the woman who was stabbed is the boy's aunt, Jenni Roke.
The suspect is a distant relative who was adopted by Roke's mother, relatives said.
Neighbor Raymund Jacob said he heard the argument Monday afternoon, but initially thought nothing of it.
"I heard a guy screaming and the lady screaming and noise like somebody running around so I thought it was just the kids," he said.
Police said when they arrived, the suspect was armed. Once he surrendered his weapon, police entered the apartment to find the victims.
The 5-year-old, police said, was stabbed in the chest. Paramedics said the woman had multiple stab wounds to her back.
"We never thought that he is gonna do that to the little boy and the lady," Jacob said.
Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital, where the boy later died. Roke remains in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center.
Jacob lives directly above the family. He said he also called the cops several months ago over Walter's behavior.
"I heard how many times he get wild, shouting when he gets drunk," Jacob said.
According to court records, Walter also had bench warrants out for his arrest in connection with with two cases, drinking in public and disorderly conduct.