CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any witnesses to a cold case murder that occurred 10 years ago today.
It happened on Friday, March 10, 2006, at approximately 4 p.m., at 1709 S. Beretania Street.
Jason Nam, 31, was cleaning his vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment building when a black Nissan Maxima four-door sedan occupied by three men entered the parking lot.
All of the men exited the vehicle, with one of the them holding a baseball bat. Nam and the men got into an argument which led to Nam being shot. The men ran back to their vehicle and fled on S. Beretania Street.
“There were no cameras at the time. Of course, it’s an apartment building. He was in the parking lot, washing his car,” said Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers. “We’re talking broad daylight, 4 p.m. in the afternoon. South Beretania Street at any given time of the day or night, it’s a well-traveled area.”
The vehicle used was found burning later that night at 9:25 p.m. on Makohilani Street near Keehuhiwa Street.
Nam’s parents say even though it happened 10 years ago, their grief has not faded.
“It seems like it was just yesterday,” said Nam’s mother, Alicia Nam. “For me, it’s not easy, because everything you see reminds you of him. Hopefully we can get some kind of closure.”
“These freakin’ punks are still running free, getting away with murder,” said Nam’s father, Michael Nam. He had a message for the suspects: “What you guys did, you guys hurt me. You hurt my family, yeah. Just imagine if this happened to you, your family.”
Through investigation, detectives found that the vehicle had been reported stolen on March 2, 2006, from the Mililani area.
Police released a sketch of one of the suspects, who was described to be in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 160 pounds with black hair. He would now be in his 30s.
He was wearing a red bandanna, a long-sleeved shirt, and pants, and carried a black handgun.
The two other suspects are also described to be in their 20s, similar in height, and between 160 and 180 pounds. They were wearing bandannas, long-sleeved shirts, and pants.
According to Buffett, the crime was not random and investigators believe Nam and the men knew each other. However, they have not been able to come up with a solid motive.
“We have 10 years between us. We asked, I believe, a total of three times we’ve gone back to the public and asked for help,” said Buffett. “We totally believe that relationships change over the years and somebody has information.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or text “CS808” plus your message to 274637 or CRIMES.
CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.