HONOLULU (KHON2) — We’ve learned new details on what led up to the stabbing on the H-1 freeway Sunday night. Sources tell us the suspect was boxed in by two vehicles and that the drivers of those vehicles challenged the suspect to fight with them.
The confrontation ended with a 24-year-old man stabbed in his lower torso. Police say the suspect assaulted the victim with a switchblade knife.
Two Westbound lanes just past the School Street off-ramp were blocked off as police investigated.
According to sources, the suspect was boxed in by two vehicles and had no way out. The victim and another person challenged the suspect to get out of his car and fight on the H-1 freeway.
That’s when the suspect got out armed with two knives, one an illegal switchblade. EMS says the 24-year-old man was stabbed and taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Defense Attorney Victor Bakke tells us assault cases can be very difficult to prosecute and defend because everybody involved is biased.
“Usual when people lose a self-defense claim is when they become the aggressor that’s when the fight is over but the victim ends up carrying the fight on too long,” said Bakke.
Sources also say the suspect was driving with his mother. Bakke tells us factors are considered when other people, besides the suspect and victim, are involved.
“It’s almost you have to go tit for tat with the amount of force so you can retaliate with the same amount of force that is being used against you,” said Bakke, “it really comes down to credibility of the witnesses and what the jury thinks what actually was going on, and whether or not the defendant was reasonable in believing that he had to use that kind of force to protect himself or others.”
Bakke says bottom line, you just don’t pull over and confront people on the street.
“You just don’t do it and you don’t get out of your car.”
A stabbing incident snarls traffic on the H-1 freeway, Sunday night, Aug. 25.
The Honolulu Fire Dept. was dispatched at 7:08 p.m. with one unit. HFD says that EMS and the Honolulu Police Dept. have also responded.