HONOLULU (KHON2) — Police are investigating a murder that took place Monday night at a Pearl City apartment. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Scott Deangelo. The victim’s body was discovered in an apartment fire police said Deangelo was seen leaving. Police said Deangelo should be considered armed and dangerous.
According to Honolulu Fire Department preliminary reports, the fire was intentionally set.
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Witnesses say they saw a man jump from the fourth story in that unit to bushes just below.
Honolulu Police Department Homicide Lt. Deena Thoemmes said a body with suspicious injuries was found inside the unit after the fire was extinguished.
“An autopsy was conducted on and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide,” said Thoemmes. “This case has since been reclassified as an unattended death to a murder in the second degree.”
It all started just before 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7.
A woman who was walking by says she heard arguing coming from a fourth floor apartment.
“I saw the two mans fighting inside the house they were fighting and struggling,” said a witness. “They came out to the balcony they was fighting. Then the guy went choke him up against the wall. I thought somebody was going to fall over the balcony cause they were fighting really bad.”
Others who live in the building heard it too.
“I heard some commotion outside,” said another witness. “I heard some pop pops but I thought it was fireworks.”
She says she heard three or four loud pops. Shortly after the sound of glass shattering.
One witness says she looked outside and saw something drop from the unit to the ground. She realized it was a man when he got up and started running up the street.
:”As our investigation continued the suspect was positively identified as 31-year-old Scott Deangelo, an acquaintance of the victim,” said Thoemmes. “Deangelo has not been apprehended at this time. Deangelo has reportedly fled the scene with a firearm which has not been recovered.”
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UPDATE: The suspect Scott Deangelo was arrested at 5:45 p.m. in Laie for murder in the second degree.