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Suspect charged in Koko Crater attacks


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POSTED: Thursday, February 05, 2009

The teenage suspect in the Koko Crater stabbings was charged yesterday afternoon with three counts of attempted murder.

;  Benjamin Davis, 19, was released from the Queen's Medical Center and taken back to the Honolulu Police Department's downtown cellblock, where he was formally charged with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and was expected to appear in court this morning.

On Sunday he allegedly stabbed a 55-year-old California man in the back and allegedly stabbed another man, who is in his 20s, several times, critically wounding him.

Police arrested Davis after a four-hour search in Hawaii Kai near Koko Crater. He was found naked in brush near homes above Ahukini Street.

Family and friends suspect Davis had been given crystal methamphetamine by a neighborhood dealer last week, causing his behavior to turn bizarre.

Davis was taken to the Queen's Medical Center Tuesday night for an unspecified reason.

He also was booked on a harassment petty misdemeanor charge after he was allegedly “;acting up”; while detained in the cellblock yesterday afternoon, police said.