Police are investigating after a man was stabbed to death in Kailua.
It happened at around 5:35 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at Aloha Tattoo Company on Kuulei Road.
The shop is located across the street from a police station.
Police say two men entered the store, attacked the person who worked there, and the worker fought back.
“Upon arrival, it was determined that a possible robbery may have occurred. We’re not 100-percent certain at this point,” said Capt. Walter Ozeki of the Criminal Investigation Division. “One of the suspects that initially assaulted the employee at the Aloha Tattoo shop was stabbed multiple times by the employee. Shortly thereafter, (officers) located a vehicle just around the corner. That was the suspect vehicle that the two suspects left in. The initial suspect that had been stabbed was still in the vehicle, and later pronounced dead at Castle hospital.”
The second suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
Police arrested the tattoo shop worker, Timothy Goodrich, 43, for murder in the second degree. However, prosecutors declined the case and Goodrich was released at around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
According to his attorney, Goodrich and the two men did not know each other.
Myles Breiner says there were several people in the shop at the time.
“(It was) certainly an act of self defense, defending himself as well as his patrons,” said Breiner. “The location is almost directly across the street from the Kailua police station, and the circumstances are very, very bizarre on why they would attempt to do that. It certainly appeared to be planned, because the vehicle was parked outside and the other individual who made it away was wearing a mask, and you don’t go shopping with a mask.”
Family members identified the deceased as Dayson Kaae, 24. They want more answers, because they don’t know what to believe.
“I’m trying to piece things together, who is he with, who did he talk to last, what was he doing there, things like that. Everything just, it’s just not believable at this moment,” said Sade Delos Reyes, Kaae’s niece. “Right now, we want some peace, a little bit of closure.”
Delos Reyes said she and Kaae grew up together, and she called him a brother.
“He was a fun person to be around. Whenever there was family functions, he was always there,” she said.
We looked through court records and found both had previous run-ins with the law.
When we asked about Kaae, the city prosecutor’s office told us Kaae faced a firearms violation following an October incident at an alleged gaming room in Palama.
Prosecutors didn’t pursue the case, because witnesses would not cooperate.
As for Goodrich, he was found guilty of assault and possessing a switchblade knife in 2008, and sentenced to three months in jail and five years probation.
Nearby store owners tell us Goodrich was a friendly neighbor.
“Especially at night, it’s nice to have them open, because they’re very nice there, the employees and Tim, and if something were to happen, I could run out and SOS, so I actually felt more secure having them next to me,” said Anita Rhee of Mama’Nita Scones.
Former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle tells us in Hawaii, a person is allowed to use force to protect himself or herself, even if it ends in death.
“It’s not the end result that counts. It’s what the actions are that lead up to the person dying,” he explained.
Carlisle says if you’re able to safely walk away from the situation, you are required to do so.
Hawaii Revised Statutes states in part:
(1) Subject to the provisions of this section and of section 703-308, the use of force upon or toward another person is justifiable when the actor believes that such force is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting himself against the use of unlawful force by the other person on the present occasion.
(2) The use of deadly force is justifiable under this section if the actor believes that deadly force is necessary to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, rape, or forcible sodomy.