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Tears flow at Koko Crater stabbing suspect's preliminary hearing

Benjamin Davis Benjamin Davis
Michael Kratzke Michael Kratzke
Guy Tanaka Guy Tanaka
Steph Hong Steph Hong
Det. Peter Boyle Det. Peter Boyle

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu judge on Monday determined there is enough evidence to send a Kalihi teen to trial on attempted murder charges. Benjamin Davis is accused of stabbing two men at Koko Crater Trail earlier this month.

Under tight security, Benjamin Davis, 19, enters the courtroom. The sight of him in shackles and a paper jumpsuit is enough to bring his mother and other family members to tears.

"Drugs, you know, it just, it affects not only, you know, we have these two victims whose lives are greatly affected," Michael Kratzke, suspect's friend, said. "We have Ben whose life is greatly affected."

Guy Tanaka tells the court he was taking pictures and talking on his cell phone at the top of Koko Crater Trail February 1st, when the suspect approached him with a knife. He says he ran as fast as he could, but was stabbed in the back.

"When I got down to where the other hikers was, one of the women said that you're bleeding," Tanaka said.

Another hiker, Steph Hong, testifies about finding a second stabbing victim, later identified as Nicholas Iwamoto, down a ravine.

"He looked bad," she said. "He was bloody. His arms were up, and we told him that help was coming."

A police detective says Iwamoto suffered 11 stab wounds to his head, chest, abdomen and hands, as well as other injuries, and remains in the hospital.

"Without medical intervention, in Dr. Nishida's opinion, Mr. Iwamoto most certainly would have died," Det. Peter Boyle, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Davis is charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder.

"Mommy loves you," his mother said as sheriffs escorted him out of the courtroom.

"I love you guys," the suspect said in return.

Davis is scheduled to be arraigned at Circuit Court February 23rd.

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