Suspect indicted on charges including attempted murder in bizarre Kalihi death

Brandon Reis

A man arrested in connection with a bizarre death in Kalihi has been indicted as the case continues to evolve.

A grand jury has indicted Brandon Reis, 33, on a charge of attempted murder in the second degree and four related weapons charges.

Reis was arrested Friday night, June 24, in Pearl City and initially booked on suspicion of second-degree murder for the death of Kyen Knowles, 36.

He was then charged Sunday and appeared in court Monday, June 27, for a lesser manslaughter offense, plus three firearms offenses and first-degree terroristic threatening.

The indictment replaces those offenses with a new set of charges.

On Wednesday, June 22, first responders were called to Waterhouse Street, where Knowles was found pinned beneath his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Honolulu police initially called the case a traffic fatality, then an unattended death, and later reclassified the investigation to second-degree murder.

According to court documents and surveillance video viewed by KHON2 but too graphic to show publicly, Reis was seen approaching the vehicle and “pulled out what appeared to be a handgun from a bag that was worn across his chest. The decedent, upon seeing this, reversed his vehicle attempting to get away. The suspect shot into the decedent’s vehicle, whereby the decedent attempted to get out of his moving vehicle but then accidently (sic) runs over himself and becomes pinned under his vehicle. The suspect is then observed walking past the decedent, enter the driver’s side of the red vehicle (that he arrived in), reverse, and flee south on Kopke Street.”

Police linked the vehicle’s license plate to Reis, who was subsequently identified by a detective as the man in the video. The detective had previously seen Reis drive the vehicle in the Waianae area, documents said.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner revealed that Knowles’ death was caused by “suffocation due to mechanical asphyxia,” and while he was shot at, he was not actually hit.

Reis’ bail was confirmed at $1 million.

Brandon Reis
Brandon Reis

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