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Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Wednesday, April 6, 2005





Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

LEEWARD OAHU

Police seek 4 males in stabbing of cab driver

Police are seeking three men and a boy who assaulted a taxi driver March 19 when he dropped them off at the Campbell High School baseball field at Pailani and Kuhina streets in Ewa Beach.

The driver picked up four males at Kalakaua Avenue and Ena Road about 12:30 a.m. They said they wanted to go to Ewa Beach.

When they got to their destination, one of the males gave the driver a tip, but the driver wanted more money, according to police. One of the males stabbed the driver and the four fled on foot, police said. They were last seen running in the Ewa direction across the baseball field.




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Suspect No. 1, who flagged down the taxi, was described as 13 or 14 years old, 5 feet tall, with a skinny build, messy blond or light brown hair, wearing a yellow floral aloha shirt.

Suspect No. 2, who gave the tip, was described as in his early 20s, 5 feet 4 inches, 150 pounds with a skinny build, black short hair and dark complexion, wearing dark sunglasses, black T-shirt and long black denim pants.

Suspect No. 3, who stabbed the driver with a folding knife, was described as in his late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches, 150 pounds, with dark brown, messy, shoulder-length hair, light-tan complexion, wearing a black T-shirt and dark brown shorts.

Suspect No. 4 was described as in his late teens or early 20s, 6 feet, with a medium build and tan complexion, wearing a dark-colored beanie, black shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information about this case may call Detective Steve Scharl at 529-3079. Anonymous calls may be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on your cellular phone.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Big Island police seek escaped Waimea man


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Big Island police are looking for Abraham Martin Verece, 25, of Waimea, who escaped from the Hale Nani Correctional Facility in Hilo yesterday.

Police said Verece escaped from the minimum-security facility between 3:30 and 5 a.m.

He is described as 5 foot 9, about 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos on his back and arms, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 935-3311 or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.



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