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Residents fight back against neighborhood violence

Rep. John Mizuno Rep. John Mizuno

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Residents fight to rid their neighborhood of violence, after a mob of teenagers goes on a rampage through their streets.

The teens are still on the loose.

Witnesses say they were armed with baseball bats and metal sticks at the time of the attack.

One residents says this is one of the weapons the teens used.

He says they used the sharp metal rod to pierce the back window of his car. Neighbors say they'll no longer tolerate crimes like this.

At least five cars bashed in and two people injured. Residents on Hauiki Street say this is the first time they've seen thins kind of violence in their neighborhood.

"It happened fast. I kept getting hit. I was down. I had no choice but to find a way out rather than fight back," said Fred, a victim.

"You had a group of over 20 teenage thugs that came here and just committed mayhem on the entire neighborhood," said Rep. John Mizuno (D) Kamehameha Heights, Kalihi Valley, Fort Shafter. "They broke a number of vehicles, smashed in windows, they used baseball bats and metal pipes, totally crazy! and they attacked people."

The crime spree happened Monday night around 9:15. Just the night before, one middle schooler says he and his friends were mobbed on this street.

"Seven or eight people were like pushing us, they were saying, like what? And they were like pushing us. We got scared so we ran away."

Tired of all the violence in their neighborhood residents met with their Representative John Mizuno to figure out how to fight back.

"It's always been like this but this is the only time we're doing something about it," said Mizuno. "This is outrageous. So we are going to coordinate one of the strongest efforts that we can to stop this type of violence. We're not going to take this anymore"

Mizuno says they plan to organize a neighborhood crime watch and work closely with police to prevent attacks like this from happening again.

Police say they arrested one teenager, but they're not sure yet if the suspect was involved with the mob that attacked on Monday.

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