Attorney General Doug Chin announced Monday that Jon Hatakenaka has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree after allegedly trying several times to run over a person with his car in Kakaako Saturday morning.
Hatakenaka was arrested by a state deputy sheriff. The Attorney General handles felony cases that occur on state land on Oahu.
Since Hatakenaka already has a case pending against him for terroristic threatening in the second degree against the same victim, bail has been set at $500,000. The terroristic threatening case is being prosecuted by the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu.
A conviction for attempted murder in the second degree carries with it a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
State sheriffs said around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, the victim was walking his dog in Kakaako near the corner of Ahui and Olomehani street, when Hatakenaka allegedly drove onto the curb and tried to run him over.
The man and his dog weren’t injured.
A security guard for the 53 by the Sea restaurant saw what happened and flagged down a nearby sheriff’s deputy who was able to catch up with Hatakenaka and make the arrest.
According to the security guard, the victim is staying in the nearby homeless encampment on Olomehani Street. He also said that Hatakenaka and the victim had an argument days before.