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Community shaken after attack leaves former KHON2 reporter on life support

HONOLULU (KHON2) - A former KHON2 sports reporter is on life support after he was found unconscious on a Chinatown sidewalk shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday.

Honolulu police made an arrest in connection with the case, but they're still searching for the suspect responsible for the attack.

John Noland, a former sports reporter, was found on the sidewalk fronting a business near the intersection of Maunakea and Pauahi streets.

"He's such a contributor to our news and University of Hawaii sports, but I'm surprised he's in this neck of the woods, because generally, people vacate this area at about 9 or 10 p.m. It's generally not safe unless you have a group of people walking with you," said Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board member Chu-Lan Shubert Kwock.

A Chinatown business confirmed surveillance footage showed Noland being attacked by another man. Noland fell, hitting his head on the sidewalk. He was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.

The man took off before police arrived. HPD is looking for the suspect.

Sources say a man accused of having Noland's stolen credit card was arrested, but he was released pending investigation.

"I know John Noland. So when you live in the midst of terror and you have a friend get taken down and you are a block from the police station, you wonder why. That's my question. Why?" said Oren Schlieman. 

Schlieman owns Info Grafik Inc., a graphic design company based across the street from where Noland was found. He says crime has risen.

Schlieman says three weeks ago, he filmed a street brawl fronting the River of Life Mission on North Pauahi Street in broad daylight.

"I just thought it was terrible. What does it take, someone getting killed to fix a problem that's obvious to everyone?" he said.

If you have any information that can help investigators in the this case, contact the Honolulu Police Department.

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