UPDATE: CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating a male who was wanted for a Manslaughter which occurred on Kamehameha IV Road in July.
According to police, a 16-year-old juvenile male was arrested for Manslaughter in the Kalihi area on Saturday, August 10.
Because of laws protecting juveniles, we may never know what happens to the suspect unless he’s tried as an adult.
The prosecutor’s office can’t say if it’s even being considered.
However, there have only been four cases in which a juvenile was tried as an adult in the last four years.
On Sunday, July 21, 2019, 85-year-old Dolores Corpus was on a morning walk with her husband when the 16-year-old approached the couple on a bicycle and grabbed Corpus’ bag.
Corpus fell to the ground as a result and hit her head.
She was taken to the hospital and died later that week.
“It caused a lot of outrage, the community waned to help so we received a lot of tips and eventually it led to the apprehension of the suspect,” said Sgt. Chris Kim of Honolulu Crimestoppers.
The 16-year-old was arrested in the Kalihi area on Saturday, Aug. 10, just before 5 p.m.
Because he’s a juvenile, his name will not be released.
“For a case like this where a death has occurred, it’s a much more serious offense and I believe the state may be seeking to waive the juvenile jurisdiction and try this defendant in state court as an adult,” said Pamela Lundquist, defense attorney in the law office of Victor Bakke.
If tried as an adult, he could face a life sentence.
If tried as a juvenile, he could be released before he turns 19.
It depends on the charges, and it’s up to the judge to decide to waive him to adult court or not.
“There are a number of factors the court will consider including the persons background, their education level, their family history,” Lundquist explained.
Corpus didn’t die at the scene, so that could be a factor for prosecutors.
“That is going to complicate the case,” she said. “I imagine an issue in great dispute here will be the intent of this young man and the actual act that occurred. I don’t know if there were any witnesses but certainly that would be very important testimony for the state to have and lay out to the jury their theory of the case,” she said.
The last big case of a juvenile being tried as an adult involved the death of a Marine back in 2017.
It took one year for family court to waive the case to adult criminal court.
HONOLULU (KHON2) — CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a male wanted for Manslaughter which occurred in the Kalihi area.
On Sunday, July 21, 2019 at about 5:42 a.m., the victim was walking on Kam IV Road, when a male on a bicycle approached her and grabbed her bag causing her to fall down and hit her head. The suspect then fled the scene with the victim’s bag. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries. On July 26, 2019, the victim’s condition deteriorated and pronouncement of her death was made.
“The person depicted in the video and the pictures is the male that was seen riding the bicycle, he is the male suspect responsible for this case,” said Sgt. Chris Kim of Honolulu Crimestoppers.
The new footage is from the same area, near Kamehameha IV.
“There were two videos we released, one he is by himself and the other he is accompanied by a female. We do need that female identified also, she is a possible witness to this case,” Sgt. Kim said.
“This was a tragic incident, this was someone’s family member, and now we’re asking the community to rally together, help us identify this person,” Sgt. Kim said.
The suspect could face a life sentence.
“If you commit the crime of manslaughter against someone who is 60 years of age or older, there’s no probation, additionally if you commit the crime of manslaughter against someone 60 years or older you’re looking at lifetime in prison,” said Scott Spallina, deputy prosecuting attorney elder abuse unit.
Unfortunately, Spallina said crimes against kupuna have increased this year and they are occurring in open areas and in broad daylight.
“Whether it be bus stops, malls, shopping centers and parking lots of big box stores, we’ve been notcing random acts of criminality happening around the island,” explained Spallina.
He advises everyone, especially kupuna, to be extra aware of their surroundings.
But he said there are laws in place that protect those who are 60 years and older.
“If a victim is 60 years of age or older it’s automatic prison time,” he said.
“If they harm a victim who is 60 years of age or older they don’t get probation they don’t get the revolving door that a lot of other criminals get they get automatic prison time,” he explained.
On July 31, Remik Ungeni was sentenced to the maximum five years in prison for stealing an 80-year-old woman’s wallet in Chinatown back in 2018. Ungeni is the same man who was charged with stealing an elderly man’s wallet earlier this year in Chinatown.
“We are very happy with that sentence because that shows that even the courts now are realizing the kupuna are not easy targets, they are not targets you should focus on. If you go after the seniors in this community you are going to get prison time,” he explained.
Last week, a 74-year-old Aiea woman was robbed in her own driveway. She said the suspect opened her car door, reached in and grabbed her purse before fleeing.
“When you approach a senior in a car, that’s an automatic felony when you enter their car and a lot of people don’t realize how serious a crime that is,” Spallina explained.
He said grabbing a purse out of an elderly person’s hand is a felony theft case with a maximum of five years in prison.
The same rules apply for those who are blind, paraplegic or quadriplegic.
The prosecuting attorney says depending on the crime, they can double prison time as well.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. The public may now send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips App.