Friday, July 6, 2001

Eviction may have
led to death

Police say the suspect rented
a house in Palolo from the victim

By Nelson Daranciang

Police believe eviction is the motive behind the murder of a 64-year-old landlord whose body was found over the weekend in his Palolo home.

The 47-year-old man who turned himself in to police Wednesday night was evicted last Monday from another home in Palolo, which he rented from Edgar Lum.

A state deputy sheriff who served the eviction notice told police, "When the suspect was evicted, he was really upset," said Lt. Bill Kato, Honolulu Police Homicide Detail.

The deputy sheriff said he met Lum at his home June 25 before serving the eviction notice.

Kato said other people identified the suspect.

"A couple of callers to CrimeStoppers said the suspect mentioned to them that he beat and killed an old man," he said, but that they did not believe it really happened until Lum's body was discovered.

Lum's body was found in his home at 3404 Kupaa Dr. on Saturday when a friend called police after not hearing from him for a week.

The front door was wide open when police showed up at the home. They said Lum appeared to have died a few days before.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner said Lum died from blunt trauma to his head.

E-mail to City Desk

Text Site Directory:
[News] [Business] [Features] [Sports] [Editorial] [Do It Electric!]
[Classified Ads] [Search] [Subscribe] [Info] [Letter to Editor]

© 2001 Honolulu Star-Bulletin