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Honolulu police have opened a murder investigation after a 58-year-old man was stabbed to death at Kailua District Park.
The incident happened early Friday morning and it appears the men involved may have been homeless.
Police combed through the crime scene, which was located right at the back door of the Kailua District Park Gym.
Initial reports from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department were that a man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
KHON2 got a live update on Wake Up 2day shortly after 7:30 a.m.
“At 5:45 this morning, two males were involved in a confrontation. The victim, who received multiple puncture wounds was transported via ambulance to Castle Medical Center where he died,” Honolulu Police Department Capt. Lisa Mann said.
Bags, slippers, and other items laid on the ground at where the alleged attack happened.
“They are, I don’t want to say, acquaintances, who are known to hang out in this area regularly,” Capt. Mann said. “It appears they have no local address, yes. The suspect is in his mid-50s.”
According to a police source, there was a third man who witnessed the attack.
The 48-year-old suspect was caught a short time later in a nearby neighborhood.
Park users say they’re concerned about rising crime in the area.
“In Kailua, we’ve had a lot of break-ins and theft and people are concerned,” Kailua resident Laura Taylor said. “My children are a lot older, but for little ones, I’d like to keep an eye on them.
In Kailua, one resident, who did not want to go on camera, said crime in and around the park has spiked.
The resident gave KHON2 a flier asking for people to come out to a neighborhood meeting with police on Tuesday, July 16.
The meeting will be held at the Kailua District Park meeting room and will begin at 7 p.m. and will be about the recent rash of crimes in Kailua.
There is also a meeting on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Windward district as a whole and the opportunities in Community Policing.