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Posted on: Saturday, February 3, 2001

Teen stabbed at Punahou Carnival; 1 arrested

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed last night during a fight at the popular Punahou Carnival.

The boy suffered at least one stab wound to the abdomen and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center. His condition was unavailable late last night.

Police arrested one male.

"As you can imagine, we had to get the suspect out as soon as possible," said Lt. Roger Kort, special duty officer assigned to the carnival.

The Punahou Carnival, considered the state’s largest such event, draws thousands of people each year. The two-day event raises money for Punahou School and is held on campus.

Police received a call at about 9:10 p.m. reporting a fight behind a row of carnival tents on a service road on the campus.

When officers arrived they saw several people run from the scene, said Kort.

Officers found the victim lying on the ground.

Police recovered what they believe may have been the weapon, and late last night were searching for others who may have been involved in the incident.

According to police, the fight occurred in an out-of-the-way area, and did not disrupt the carnival. Most carnivalgoers were unaware of what had taken place.

Punahou has security on hand for the carnival, but Kort said, "there’s always the possibility of fights at a place like this."

"There’s a huge crowd here tonight," he said. "We didn’t expect anything as far as the stabbing is concerned, but we have several officers in the area and the response time was almost immediate."

The carnival continues today.

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