HONOLULU (KHON2) — One man is dead and another in custody after a fatal stabbing in Hawaii Kai on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Residents said the attack and hours-long manhunt shook the normally quiet neighborhood.
Police apprehended 23-year-old Jake Edwards after more than two hours on the run on Kawaihae Street, less than a mile away from where the victim was stabbed.
Edwards was arrested for murder in connection with the fatal stabbing that happened on the corner of Hawaii Kai Drive and Hahaione Street.
Witnesses said they heard and saw two men arguing in the area around 10 a.m. before the attack.
Hawaii Kai resident Mike Yasutake said, he drove down Hawaii Kai Drive around 10:20 a.m. and saw police officers and emergency personnel doing CPR on the body.
“About 10 minutes later I came back. By that time, the body had been covered and police tape had been put up around it. It looked like it was a crime scene at that point,” Yasutake said.
Edwards allegedly took off after the attack.
A chopper searched by air and armed police converged on the neighborhood to look for him.
The Department of Education locked down nearby Hahaione Elementary School for several hours.
Yasutake said, one of the first things he did was rush to the school to check on his son who is a student there.
“I talked to principal Goo and at that point the school was on lock-down,” Yasutake said. “I saw lots of police patrol officers going around and I also saw officers with what looked like semi automatic machine guns kind of patrolling the area.”
Yasutake said, his son texted him and said that he was okay.
Hawaii Kai resident Sharleen Anderson said, the entire ordeal put her on edge.
“We’re not that far away and we don’t know what’s going to happen and this is a very peaceful area,” Anderson said.
Billy Balding lives close by to where Edwards was caught.
“The helicopter was overhead and I realized that I better go out there and take a look again,” Balding explained. “And when I did, the officers all converged on this area from everywhere so there was no way out. They came from every angle and cornered him and once they cornered him he’d given up. There was no way with 20 plus officers.”
Balding said, seeing a manhunt and stabbing so close to his home was unsettling.
“I was born and raised in this district and it’s continually getting worse,” Balding said.
Honolulu police said the investigation is ongoing. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.