The suspect in a downtown stabbing death last week is seen walking with a female companion in this image from a surveillance video at a bus stop near Longs Drugs at Fort Street Mall. Police hope someone might recognize the couple and help identify the suspect, who was chased by witnesses but got away.
Police sharpen attack picture
Homicide investigators are asking the public to take another look at sketches and pictures of the suspect in a daytime stabbing downtown last week.
The suspect is seen in what looks to be a green aloha shirt walking by the Longs Drugs Store on Hotel Street on Dec. 13 before the stabbing at 2:05 p.m.
Police said he was stopped by a woman and the two began arguing. The victim, Nafoa Magalei, 21, intervened and was stabbed several times by the suspect, police said.
The suspect managed to elude witnesses, police said, although the stabbing took place in a crowded downtown location.
"There were people who saw the suspect stab the victim and tried to follow him, but lost him in the crowd," said homicide Lt. Bill Kato.
The suspect is described as being in his 50s, 6 foot 2, between 180 and 190 pounds, with gray hair. Investigators are also looking for a woman who was seen with the suspect the day of the stabbing. She is described as wearing a bright red blouse, white pants, and a white tennis-type hat.
Both the suspect and his female companion -- who was not the woman he was arguing with -- were seen walking together in the surveillance photos. Kato hopes that seeing both together will jog the memories of some people who might recognize them as a couple.
Police also released a new composite of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.