Kauai bank employee stabbed while at work, son believed to be the suspect

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A Kauai man remains in police custody.

Police believe he stabbed his own mother to death while she was working at a bank.  

It happened at the First Hawaiian Bank in Lihue Thursday afternoon.

Thirty four-year-old Louis Landsman was arrested for second degree murder.        

His motive is still unclear.

According to preliminary reports, Landsman walked into the bank at approximately 1:15 p.m. and approached the victim and fatally stabbed her. He then fled the scene on foot.

KHON2 spoke with a witness who encountered the suspect in a parking lot minutes before he was taken into custody.

The witness didn’t want to be identified but said she saw yellow tape and police outside the bank.

She didn’t know it at the time but minutes later, she saw the suspect nearby and she said he was watching the officers.

“I had this weird feeling that something wasn’t right,” the witness said. “He was right there watching them smiling and laughing and then he kind of looked around a little bit more.”

The witness said she watched as the suspect ran toward the bank and was eventually taken down.

“All the officers that were nearby that heard him, took out there guns and started running towards the guy and they yelled to ‘lay down on the ground, put your hands behind your back.’ At that point I walked away from my car to see what was happening and they arrested him,” the witness said. “He didn’t have a weapon on him. He was just shirtless, sweaty, no slippers. His pants were rolled up.

Charges are pending for second-degree murder.

The victim was identified as 69-year-old Charlene Landsman, a bank employee and resident of Kapa’a

First Hawaiian Bank released a statement saying “What happened this afternoon was a tragic loss of life. We mourn the loss of our team member and we will be working to provide support to all of our branch staff during this difficult time.”

The bank is closed until further notice.

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