HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man is in custody following a fatal stabbing in Hawaii Kai on Tuesday morning that prompted an hours-long manhunt.
The incident happened about 10:15 a.m.
Paramedics responded to the intersection of Hahaione Street and Hawaii Kai Drive near the Mauna Luan condominium to find the 23-year-old victim stabbed in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I saw the EMTs and police officers doing CPR on somebody on the ground,” said neighbor Mike Yasutake.
Police say witnesses saw two men arguing and then one stabbed the other in the chest with a knife.
The suspect was identified by police as 23-year-old Jake Edwards and he has no home address. He allegedly fled before police arrived, triggering an hours-long manhunt.
“The helicopter was getting closer and the police started to converge from every angle there was no where to go. There was no way he was going to get away,” said neighbor Billy Balding.
“I think he just gave in. There was just too many,” he added.
The suspect was subsequently taken into custody on Kawaihae Street and booked for second degree murder. Police also questioned a woman.
Hahaione Elementary went into a lockdown after the stabbing until about 1 p.m.
“I was pretty scared. I was scared for the kids,” said Yasutake.
The victim was identified as 23-year-old Parker Trantham, according to a GoFundMe page created by friends.
Hawaii News Now spoke with his father, who was too distraught to be interviewed. He did say his son worked in agriculture.
“It’s hard to believe and he was a nice kid. We just saw him a couple days ago fishing at the bay,” said the victim’s acquaintance who did not want to be identified.
“I know he had problems and I also seen him across my house where he got killed today. I’m speechless,” the acquaintance added.