Brawl in Kalihi sends three men to the hospital including HPD officer

Published  10:15 PM HST Sep 01, 2013
HONOLULU -

A brawl in Kalihi Saturday night left 3 people injured including a Honolulu Police Officer, the other two men with stab wounds.

The fight started around 10:40 P.M. near School Street and Aupuni street in Liliha.
KITV4 has obtained the exclusive video, but at the request of HPD we have blurred it to not hamper its investigation.

Witnesses tell KITV the scene looked like something out of a movie. It was caught on video by surveillance cameras nearby showing a crowd of people fighting in the streets.

"I didn’t know who was fighting who, it just looked like they were just going at it,” said Christian Cervates, a witness.

Cervantes manages the Mexico restaurant in Liliha. He just closed up for the night when he heard the commotion out front.

"They said one guy had a bat, knives and stuff, and they started fighting, bleeding and stuff,” said Cervantes.

Cervantes tells us a group of about 40 people had come out of the rec hall down the street after a party. He says about 15 to 20 people were involved in the fight that escalated from the parking lot into the street, with cars nearly colliding with people.

One security camera shows a child stuck in the middle of the brawl. Another shows a man stabbing someone that was laying on the ground with a knife. One more angle shows people using any type of weapon they could get their hands on.

But it didn’t stop there, Cervantes says an HPD officer pulled up and tried to settle the crowd when he was hit.

“All of a sudden he gets attacked and just goes down and I guess he must’ve called for backup because within like 20 seconds, maybe 10 to 15 cop cars just showed up,” said Cervantes.

Cervantes says cops used tasers and pepper spray, but some people just ignored it.

“Some of them still kept fighting, some of them tried to run away and had to be chased down. It was like they didn’t care who was there,” said Cervantes.

According to police, no arrests have been made yet. The officer involved is a 51-year-old man that was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police are looking for a suspect who would be arrested on second degree attempted murder, second degree assault, and 1st degree assault on a law enforcement officer.

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