Veteran who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan is brutally attacked in Kailua

A decorated Navy veteran is in the hospital after being brutally attacked in Kailua

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A brutal attack in Kailua over the weekend landed a decorated Navy veteran in the hospital.

Ikaika McCallum, 29, says he was riding his bike home through Kailua District Park from a block party in Kailua town early Sunday when he was attacked by a group of men.

“Right when I went around that corner, somebody tackled me off my bike and I was pretty dazed after that,” McCallum said.

McCallum said his two friends were riding skateboards not far behind him and they eventually helped fight off the four men.

McCallum was left with fractures around his eye and a broken nose.

The suspects are still on the loose.

McCallum said they didn’t get a good look at the attackers because it was dark and they were wearing hoodies and bandanas.

He is hoping his story will prompt change in his community so this doesn’t happen again to another innocent person.

“I just urge any policy makers, anybody in the Kailua community, just to get with HPD because this happened not even 100 yards from their department,” McCallum said.

McCallum has proven to be a survivor in more ways than one.

The Navy corpsman was a medic with Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said he is grateful to be alive ― again.

“When I was in Afghan, I got shot. So, I got a Purple Heart,” he said.

“I’m surprised this happened here. I was over in Afghanistan, I expected that stuff. But Kailua, I would have never dreamed this would happen here.”

McCallum’s mother, Karen Angus, said she’s still in shock over the attack.

“He’s a good boy, he doesn’t deserve to have something like that happen to him," she said. "He’s out there fighting for these punks who’s out there beating him up.”

Angus hopes anyone who witnessed her son’s brutal beating will come forward to police to make Kailua a safer place.

“I’m just hoping there’s somebody out there who is maybe afraid to say something," Angus said.

"But when they see what kind of person my son is, they’ll find it in their heart to come forward and say they know who did it. They need to be off the streets.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 955-8300.

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