A vicious attack in Waipahu was caught on camera. So why hasn’t there been an arrest?
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two weeks after shocking video showed a man going on a baseball bat rampage in Waipahu, the case continues to stump police.
In the shocking video, the suspect even looks right into the camera after beating two men and bashing several cars with a baseball bat at the Waipahu Two public housing complex on Pupupuhi Street.
But police say all witnesses have gone silent.
And complicating matters: The lead suspect has a twin brother. And before the incident on camera, there was an apparent fight between the suspect and victims.
“Just what people say online is not enough for us to make an arrest,” said community policing officer Kaipo Paiva.
In the wake of the incident, though, there is some good news: Residents are banding together to crack down on crime.
Paiva met with area residents at Waipahu Elementary on Wednesday about starting a neighborhood security watch.
"The whole goal overall is to actually to mentor them and teach them ways to prevent crime from happening in their community. Thus, heading in the direction of community peace," he said.
Waipahu Two is part of the Weed and Seed program and inside is a Safe Haven Center, where residents can come for a variety of services.
“We need everyone’s help to make the community a better place and a safer place for everyone and if they can find a way to contribute and give back, that’s the best thing they can do,” said Weed and Seed coordinator Lorrie Kanno.
Resident Pasiana Sandy is concerned about disturbances, drinking and loud music.
"I hope this meeting is very good to us. We learn something in this meeting," she said.
Police say they can't fight crime alone and meeting with residents is a step toward building relationships and trust.
The next community policing meeting will be on Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Waipahu Elementary.
Police are also offering up to $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.
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