2 days before Waikiki shooting, gunman arrested for assault

Police were on scene in Waikiki for hours to investigate the deadly shooting. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Police were on scene in Waikiki for hours to investigate the deadly shooting. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Maleko Remlinger (image: Jocelyn Farrar)
Maleko Remlinger (image: Jocelyn Farrar)

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 18-year-old man suspected of a fatal shooting outside of a Waikiki club over the weekend had a run in with the law just two days earlier.

Police arrested Jordan Smith on Sunday at a McCully apartment after a 36-hour manhunt. He's accused of firing 10 rounds into a group of people in an alley near Club Alley Cat, killing one man and injuring two others.

Family members identified the man killed as 22-year-old Maleko Remlinger, a Keaau High School graduate and athlete.

"The family of the deceased is grieving the tragic and incomprehensible loss of the beloved Maleko Remlinger," said his older sister Jocelyn Farrar.

She said Remlinger is the youngest of six siblings and his parents are "in disbelief and experiencing unimaginable grief and loss."

Remlinger was a bar back at Yard House in Waikiki, Farrar said, and he was part of a "pau hana" gathering of night shift workers when the shooting happened.

Remlinger had no criminal record and police have not given a motive for the shooting.

Family members of Remlinger said it was an "unexplainable random act of community violence."

After the shooting, a massive manhunt for Smith ensued.

Law enforcement sources say Smith has a long arrest record in Delaware, and was arrested last Thursday for assault after apparently beating a woman.

A Good Samaritan nearby who tried to intervene was also hurt, and asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.

"I saw a black male approximately 5'7, 5'8 with dreads and a hat, beating on a woman…and eventually I saw her slump…I assumed that that was her losing consciousness and he continued to beat her with 'haymaker-style punches,'" he said.

"I jumped out of the car. I ran into the situation, yelled at the guy to get off her," he added. "I was hit from both the left and right side from behind and from the side and all the punches and strikes went to my jaw, my temple and behind my ears."

Eventually, Smith, and the two other men he was with, stopped and ran off.

Sources said police later caught up to the three near Club Alley Cat, and detained them. Smith was the only one arrested for assault in the third degree, but was later allowed to leave on supervised release.

Two days later, the shooting happened.

Smith fled the scene and was arrested a day later at an apartment in McCully. The two men who were with him were also arrested on unrelated charges.

Officers took in Justin Purvis, 29, for driving without a license, and Isaiah McCoy, 28, on an unrelated warrant. McCoy was previously convicted of murder in Delaware, but was cleared after years on death row.

Police say the Smith has not been charged for the murder charge yet and there are no other arrests in connection with the incident at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 955-8300. You can remain anonymous.

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