Suspect who allegedly used sword to amputate man’s hand charged with attempted murder
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of using a sword to chop off a man’s hand at a Waikiki convenience store has been charged with attempted murder.
Officials said 46-year-old Jason Walker is being held on bail for $400,000.
Officials said the incident happened just past midnight Friday at a 7-Eleven on Kalakaua Avenue.
Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said a man in his 40s was attacked with a sword and sustained multiple wounds. Paramedics treated and transported the victim to the hospital in critical condition.
A witness said there was an altercation between a 7-Eleven employee and another man inside the store.
He said the incident escalated, ending with the employee allegedly cutting victim’s hand off.
“The victim started to shout and to cry and then I look at him on the floor and I saw that half his hand was on the floor. The guy ran to the side of the door and he fell there on the floor,” said witness Michael Suissa.
“I was shocked and I spoke with my friend in our language and I said, ‘Did you see what happened?’ and he said, ‘Yes, he just took a sword and cut his hand,’” added Suissa, who is visiting from Switzerland.
Suissa said the suspect then ran off, but was later arrested.
While police have not confirmed the suspect is a 7-Eleven employee, Suissa said the man with the sword has served him before and was quite pleasant.
“He served me twice for the last two days. He was very nice. He was very kind. ... I was shocked that someone like that does something so horrible,” Suissa said.
A security guard said the victim and the suspect have had a past and was worried it was eventually going to get physical.
This is developing story. Check back for updates.
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