Keeaumoku residents fed up with string of stabbings

Published On: May 04 2013 03:57:00 PM HST

Enough is enough. That's what Keeaumoku residents and businesses are saying after a string of stabbings there.
Police responded to Likelike Drive Inn to a man with a stab wound around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim went to the hospital in serious condition and no arrests were made.

For residents in the area, police sirens are heard regularly.

"There's been just too many incidents going on recently, and it's not a safe neighborhood like it used to be. Something needs to be done," said Kathy Westlake.

There have been four stabbings in the area since March.  Larry Hurst with Citizen's Patrol said new graffiti is an indication of gang-related crime.

"A lot of the graffiti are gang signs and they are saying this is our territory, this is our area, another gang might want to claim the area, and that's where you have disagreements," said Hurst.

"He checks out the area especially when the lights go on in the parking lot, and he does patrol walk. He's a great community service member," said resident Alan Arimoto.

Hurst said while out on his shift recently he's noticed businesses in the area such as the McDonald's on Keeamoku Street taking action. There was a stabbing in March during a brawl on Sheridan Street by the fast-food restaurant.

"Around 8 o'clock they take away the tables and chairs on the Keeamoku side of the street, so there's no hanging out for the vagrants. They've locked up the open dining area that's partitioned off. They don't allow people after 8 to hang out here," said Hurst.

McDonald's would not confirm the changes. The patrol is also asking neighbors to do their part. They want residents to clean up graffiti on their homes right away.


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