Teen charged with murder after Marine stabbed to death in Waikiki

Sgt. William M. Brown

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder, accused of stabbing a man to death in Waikiki early Saturday morning.

He was charged at 2 p.m. Monday. No bail was set.

Because the suspect is a minor, police will not release his name.

The stabbing occurred at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the corner of Kalakaua and Royal Hawaiian avenues.

The 23-year-old victim was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds and later died.

The 3rd Marine Division identified the victim as Tennessee native Sgt. William M. Brown. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

Sgt. William M. Brown

“It appears there was some type of verbal exchange which led to a physical altercation. During the altercation, the 23-year-old male was stabbed,” Capt. Walter Ozeki said.

HPD says the victim and the suspects were both with groups and did not know each other.

“There’s multiple surveillance [cameras] in the area, so we’re reviewing the tapes,” Ozeki said. “Because it was a very chaotic event, any kind of witnesses we can have in addition to what we already have would be very helpful.”

Police initially detained an adult male and eight juveniles, all in their teens.

In addition to the 16-year-old, a second juvenile and the 21-year-old man were eventually placed under arrest while the other juveniles were released.

The man was released pending further investigation.

Brown joined 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Nov. 17, 2012 and was promoted to sergeant on Oct. 1, 2017.

“Sergeant Brown was a beloved member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines who had been with the unit for five years. He had qualities we value in our Marine non-commissioned officers. His death is tragic and the battalion joins his family in grief,” said Lt. Col. Steven Eastin, battalion commander, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines. “He will always be loved and remembered.”

“We’ve been asking for cameras and more police on the beat, so I’m horrified to think we just had another incident like that,” Louis Erteschik from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board said.

Just last month, one man was shot to death outside Club Alley Cat in Waikiki.

In August, HPD reported dozens of assaults, 9 robberies, and nearly 200 cases of theft in the area.

“We need more police literally walking the beat on the street. We think that will deter some crime,” Erteschik said.

Police say additional officers have been added to patrol Waikiki. However, some of those extra officers weren’t there last night because of today’s Honolulu Pride Parade.

“Some of the additional staffing were reassigned or rescheduled to work that event,” Ozeki explains. “Officers were able to respond pretty quickly, and it was a fairly large group so they were able to detain them pretty close – maybe two blocks away – from where the incident occurred.”

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the stabbing or what led up to it to come forward. If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300 or submit an online tip here.

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