The owner of a Kailua tattoo parlor who was arrested for murder after a fatal stabbing at the shop on Monday night has been released from police custody.
Honolulu police said prosecutors declined to pursue charges against 43-year-old Timothy Goodrich, saying he acted in self-defense.
Authorities have identified the man who died as Dayson Kaae, 24, and classified his death as a homicide.
"There are two guys. What should he do? He just gotta stay there and let them beat him?" said Abe Dry Cleaners Owner Chong Han.
The stabbing happened about 5:30 p.m., when two men walked in to the Aloha Tattoo shop on Kuulei Road.
They spoke briefly with the shop owner, police said, and sources say Kaae punched the shop owner in the head.
Goodrich is then accused of pulling out a folding knife and stabbing Kaae, who fled the scene and was later found in a parked vehicle nearby.
He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other man who was with Kaae remains at large.
Goodrich was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Meanwhile, police have also opened a robbery investigation.
Kaae's family say he leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter.
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