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Kahala is often thought of as one of the safest neighborhoods on Oahu.
But all that was shattered for one long-time resident early Monday evening when she was attacked in her front yard, picked up, and slammed to the ground.
“He lifted me up and threw me down and this whole side up to here. It was painful,” Kahala resident Jeannette Ostrow said.
Ostrow has lived in her Kahala home for 45 years and said she has never experienced anything like what happened to her Monday.
She was working in her yard with her two dogs beside her, when a man she didn’t recognize walked across the street and assaulted her.
“So all he says is, ‘I hate you. I hate your dogs. The whole neighborhood hates you.’ You know, whatever,” Ostrow said. “He just lift me up, threw me down. The minute I was down, he grabbed my dog by the back, threw it up in the air. I was more concerned about my dog than me.”
Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board Member Richard Turbin believes vacant homes in Kahala may have attracted squatters.
“And when you have so many homes unoccupied and when you have really an attractive nuisance, for homeless people, for unbalanced people, you’re going to have a greater chance of some mentally unbalanced person attacking an innocent neighbor,” Turbin said.
Ostrow said the entire incident happened so fast, she could only give a basic description of the suspect: mid-30s, 5-feet-10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds.
The Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board will meet Thursday night and Turbin will pass along his message.
“Be careful. Look out for this guy. Apparently, he hasn’t been apprehended yet. So they’ve got to be careful,” Turbin said.
When Ostrow talked with police, they told her this: “If you ever go to the mall, if you ever see him, do not confront him. Just take down notes, what he’s wearing, what car, license,” Ostrow said.