Kailua man accused of trying to kill girlfriend, drowning dog

Harry Martin Lewis

A Kailua man has been indicted by a grand jury after he was accused of trying to kill his girlfriend and drowning her dog.

Police were called to a home on Oneawa Street Sunday night, Sept. 14, where they arrested Harry Martin Lewis, 40.

He was initially charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree animal cruelty, and was released Tuesday evening after posting $250,000 bail.

Then on Wednesday, a grand jury indicted him on charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree animal cruelty, and second-degree terroristic threatening.

His bail was set at $1 million and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Harry Martin Lewis

We’re told four roommates were inside when the incident occurred.

“Last night, it was just yelling, like a high-pitched sound,” said a neighbor who lives across the street, “and you heard a commotion where people are telling him to stop, quiet down. He just would not stop.”

Sources say an argument started between Lewis and his girlfriend.

The 42-year-old woman went to the bathroom and allegedly found Lewis holding her dog’s head underwater. Sources say the dog died.

The Hawaiian Humane Society picked up the pet, which was found on the bathroom floor.

Sources say Lewis then tried to drown the woman in the bathtub as well, but she yelled for help. That’s when two roommates allegedly intervened — one held Lewis down while the other called police.

“Police came, swarmed the house. They put him in a gurney, took him outside,” explained the neighbor.

Sources say Lewis struggled with police, but officers managed to place handcuffs and leg shackles on him, and took him to Castle Medical Center. He was arrested shortly after his release.

According to the Domestic Violence Action Center, abuse of both humans and pets is actually very common in Hawaii.

“Animal abuse, harming or killing an animal, sends a strong message to the victim that I can harm the animals just as easy. I can harm or kill you,” explained Marci Lopes, Domestic Violence Action Center deputy director.

Ken Lawson, a law professor at the University of Hawaii, says the facts against the case outweigh the suspect’s chances of being released pending investigation.

“Had the victim died, had he actually drowned the victim, you would still have two witnesses to testify,” he said. “There’s a lot that I think that go against RPI in this case — whether he actually knew what he was doing. Either way, it needs to be resolved.”

October is National Domestic Violence Month.

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