Cabbie Shooting Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

Mike Troung
Mike Troung
Keith Pham
Keith Pham

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- DNA evidence helps investigators crack a six-month-old attempted murder case.

A Kahaluu man is at the main police cellblock accused of shooting a cab driver last July. Oahu taxi drivers are now breathing a sigh of relief.

Mike Truong walks to his taxi with a bit more confidence, after an arrest in a cab driver shooting case.

"A lot safer, better, you know," he said. "Then we don't have to worry about too much driving some bad guy."

Investigators say Yukyu Kim was shot by his passenger near an ATM at Pearlridge July 28th, 2006. The 52-year-old survived a bullet to his neck. The suspect took off in the victim's taxi. Officers later found it abandoned on Likelike Highway.

HPD released a composite sketch three weeks later. But the gunman eluded police for six months.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Gregory Kaahanui on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery Wednesday. The news spread quickly among taxi drivers.

"Now they catch him, we feel a lot more better, you know, safer for the driver," Truong said.

Keith Pham drives for the same company as the victim.

"He's my co-worker, anyways," Pham said. "I feel pretty bad for the guy, for the man. But, you know, that's one of those things, one of the risks you take."

He says the shooting changed the way he does his job.

"One thing that I changed is I don't work night anymore," Pham said. "At least someone got caught for the crime."

Court records indicate Kaahanui is already awaiting trial for an unrelated burglary.

Police say Kaahanui is charged with attempted murder, robbery and two firearms offenses.

His bail is set at $100,000 dollars.