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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 29, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Car attack filed as attempted murder

Police have opened a second-degree attempted murder case and seized the car that police say a man drove into a group of teenage boys late Wednesday night in Pearl City.

One boy was taken to The Queen's Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Police described his condition as stable; Queen's staff declined to release information.

Police said all three of the boys were 15 or 16.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Pearl City resident, was arrested after the 11:57 p.m. incident, at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Waimano Home Road. Detectives also are pursuing charges of failure to render aid, driving under the influence and two counts of reckless endangering.

The incident began when the boys, who were crossing Kamehameha in the crosswalk, exchanged words with the driver, waiting at the light. The suspect then drove his car into the group, police said.

The Pearl City police station is half a block away; a patrol sergeant witnessed the incident and arrested the driver.

Three sought in Kalihi stabbing

A passerby near Kalihi's Lanakila District Park called police yesterday after spotting a stabbing victim, an ice pick still in his back, slumped over the steering wheel of his car.

Police classified the case, reported at 2:05 a.m., as an attempted murder but have not located any of the three suspects the victim reported.

The victim, a 53-year-old Kalihi man, was taken to The Queen's Medical Center. Police said he was in serious condition initially; hospital staff declined to release information yesterday.

The victim told police that he was in the restroom at the park, 1701 Lanakila Ave., when a man asked him for money.

When told that the victim had no money, the assailant allegedly punched him in the head. The victim told police he then felt another man grab him from behind and stab him, and he saw a third male standing by the door.

Suspected drug lab found in Salt Lake

Narcotics officers yesterday confiscated liquid from a suspected drug lab in Salt Lake, after both fire units and police responded to reports of a gas odor coming from the house.

The liquid must be analyzed before charges can be considered against anyone living at the residence, said Maj. Darryl Perry, who heads the police Narcotics/Vice Division.

The initial report came at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night, but firefighters responding believed the smell was suspicious, said Capt. Kenison Tejada, fire department spokesman.

The fire hazmat crew tested for acetone, a chemical component used in clandestine drug, labs but was unable to find that substance, Tejada said.

If the liquid turns out to be crystal meth or some other controlled substance, it could have yielded about two pounds of a drug, Perry said.