Suspect charged with attempted murder after Haleiwa neck slashing

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HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 52-year-old man whose neck was slashed at a Haleiwa market Tuesday night remains in critical condition as police continue to investigate.

Police said the brazen attack happened about 5 p.m. inside the Malama Market.

John Mayhew, 54, was arrested in connection with the attack. He was charged Thursday for attempted murder, and his bail has been set at $100,000.

Sources say Mayhew used a knife to stab at, and slash Jerry Pedro's neck. They say he was targeted at random, and that Mayhew was talking about vampires during the assault.

Pedro was identified as a Waialua resident by friends and family.

One employee described the graphic scene after the attack.

"Blood was just pumping out of his neck so he laid down. Then one of the cashiers put a paper towel to his neck to try and stop the bleeding, but it was just going all over," Eula Curole said.

Pedro is recognized as a fixture in the community. He's a manager at the store.

"He was just so friendly, so kind, he always asked how you were doing, just cared. He knew a lot of the regulars, or I would say all of the regulars by name," Malama Market frequent customer Marijcke Madden said.

Sources say the suspect in the attack has 35 prior arrests and two felony convictions including assault and terroristic threatening.

Police are still investigating. A motive for the assault was not immediately known.

Malama market remains closed.

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