Wednesday, January 20, 1999

Cops hold man
in Kaneohe slaying

A neighbor says the men who
were shot at have been
'terrorizing' the area

By Jaymes K. Song


A 33-year-old man was shot and killed early this morning in a quiet residential area of Kaneohe.

Map The man was visiting a two-story home at 45-049 Lilipuna Place when an argument started just before 1 a.m., said Lt. Allen Napoleon, head of the Honolulu Police Department's homicide detail.

After the man was shot in the house's carport, he headed for a white Ford Mustang with three people inside. He collapsed before he reached the car, and the vehicle left the area, Napoleon said.

Police arrested a resident of the house. The suspect has been identified by family members as 20-year-old Chad Barboza.

Dennis Hesia, who lives across the street from the Barbozas, was sleeping when he heard the shot.

"I heard a boom and the dogs were going nuts," he said. "It woke up the whole neighborhood."

The Barbozas and friends said the slain man, and the men in the car, have been harassing the family and the neighborhood for two months.

About a month ago, the men shot and killed the Barbozas' dog then threatened to kill Chad Barboza, the family said.

"They've been coming by, terrorizing people in the neighborhood and putting our lives in danger," Hesia said. "Apparently they came back and they got shot."

According to the Barbozas, Chad fired a round from a bedroom window on the first floor into the carport. But he wasn't aware that he shot the man.

"He's only protecting our family, that's all," said Chad Barboza's girlfriend, who lives at the home with their 16-month-old daughter. "He didn't want to kill him. He didn't mean to."

Neighbors said they just want to have peace restored to their tight-knit neighborhood, where "everybody helps everybody."

"It's so close to home," Hesia said. "I never thought this would happen in my neighborhood."

The slaying is the state's first homicide case of the year.

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