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Koko Crater Trail stabbing suspect charged

Davis (right) being taken into custody Sunday Davis (right) being taken into custody Sunday
Gary Kauwe Gary Kauwe

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Benjamin Davis, the suspect in Sunday's Koko Crater Trail stabbings, has been charged Wednesday just before 2:00 pm for those crimes.  He faces one count of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Both are felony crimes. 

The first-degree charge is because there are multiple victims.  If convicted, Davis could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

He also faces two counts of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Nicholas Iwamoto and Guy Tanaka.  Those charges carry the penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Honolulu police found and arrested a naked Davis hiding in a tree in a Hawaii Kai neighborhood Sunday at about 7:45 pm.  Those who know him say he was probably under the influence of drugs that day.

"When I see him first on the news there was no shamefulness that what he did was wrong nothing like that," said Gary Kauwe, Davis' upstairs neighbor who has been a father figure to the 19-year-old suspect.  "That's how I knew that it wasn't him. It wasn't Ben. That face that he had, that grinning face, that confused face, that wasn't Ben. Ben is always spirited and high hearted and open minded."

Davis was also charged with "harassment of a police officer" -- a misdemeanor -- Tuesday night while he was in jail. He was "released on his own recognizance."  That's a separate charge and won't be bundled with the attempted murder charges.  His bail is set at $100,000.  No court date has been set at this time.

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