KALIHI (KHNL) -- A botched burglary in Kalihi sends an elderly homeowner to the hospital with serious injuries. An SUV carrying the suspects slammed into the victim as it fled the scene.
Police are investigating the case as an attempted murder.
Macario Damo finishes wiping his car. The 81-year-old was interrupted Thursday, when an SUV slammed into his long-time neighbor.
"It's kind of sad, you know," Damo said. "We were shocked."
It all started when the 82-year-old victim discovered a woman had broken into his home.
"For somebody just to come in and do that is like, and the poor people," Ronald Van Keuren, victim's neighbor, said. "I mean, he's retired and his wife is blind."
"He found the female person inside the house, ransacking the house," Damo said. "That's when he wen fight her back."
Investigators say he grabbed a golf club and chased her out. The SUV was waiting nearby.
"That's when the guy wen pick her up and pop, and I heard the little commotion," Damo said. "And (the SUV) took off."
The elderly man suffered multiple internal injuries.
"He won't move, blood all over his leg," Damo said. "He just won't move."
Neighbors say the victim was just trying to protect his property.
"His love is his house," Van Keuren said. "I mean, he's working on it every day. Every morning, I come home from work. I see him in the yard. I mean, you know, he always waves. Just a really nice guy."
Now, people who live in the tight-knit neighborhood are on edge.
"I kind of worried now," Damo said. "How I can protect my house?"
The female suspect is believed to be in her 30s. The driver of the gray SUV was a man, possibly in his 40s.