Suspect charged with murder in brutal stabbing of 77-year-old security guard

Many Kaneohe residents say they are aware of the suspect's bizarre behavior.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 3:49 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 6:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 51-year-old man has been charged with murder in the brutal stabbing of a beloved security guard at a Kaneohe strip mall.

Authorities said William Michael Bell was charged with second-degree murder and his bail is set at $500,000.

Bell was arrested Wednesday on murder charges following an intense island-wide manhunt.

The stabbing happened about 6 a.m. Tuesday at Windward City Shopping Center.

Investigators said the victim — 77-year-old Mike Chu — was sitting in his car when he was allegedly stabbed multiple times by Bell.

HNN has learned that Bell was arrested Tuesday afternoon after being spotted by witnesses in Wahiawa, however he was taken into custody on an illegal weapons charge when investigators found Bell carrying multiple knives and an illegal baton on his belt.

It wasn’t until Wednesday that officers re-arrested Bell for murder.

Meanwhile, many Kaneohe residents say they are aware of Bell’s bizarre behavior.

Records also show a city parks worker filed a restraining order against Bell, saying he often yelled profanities and made obscene gestures.

The bizarre behavior goes back to when Bell was in prison for assault and he filed lawsuits against the state, including his family.

The suits claimed Bell was being tortured. Court documents also said Bell called himself a “Royal Christian King and high priest.”

A judge called the lawsuit “a rambling, handwritten, nearly incomprehensible collection of pages” that appeared to have blood on it.

Bell’s complaints were eventually thrown out of court.

Meanwhile, loved ones remembered Chu as a longtime community member who was active in youth sports.

“It’s a big loss for the whole community because Mike was just a well liked individual,” said Gary Tanouye, a friend of Chu.

“I’m sure he’d want us to move on, for the kids.”

Chu leaves behind two children. Loved ones said he was also expecting the arrival of his first grandchild in January.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family.