A 17-year-old boy, charged as a juvenile in connection with last October’s fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old Kaneohe-based Marine in Waikiki, will be tried as an adult.
A Family Court judge Tuesday waived the court’s jurisdiction over the teen.
Police arrested the teen Tuesday at noon on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was taken into police custody, but the teen has not yet been charged as an adult.
The victim, Sgt. William Brown, 23, and his friends were confronted at about 1 a.m. Oct. 21 by a group of people.
A verbal exchange between the two groups occurred and escalated, police said. Brown was stabbed multiple times at the corner of Royal Hawaiian and Kalakaua avenues.
Excerpt from a report in 2017:
“Police said Brown was with a group of people when a verbal exchange escalated into a altercation and Brown was stabbed multiple times at the corner of Royal Hawaiian and Kalakaua avenues. Several people fled the scene, but three people were arrested in connection with the incident, which occurred about 1 a.m. A 21-year-old man and two teens, a boy and a girl between the ages of 14 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.”
He was taken to the hospital where he later died of a stab wound to the chest.
Police arrested three people for the Oct. 21, 2017, murder — a 21-year-old man and two teens, a girl, 14, and a boy, 16.
The suspect, then 16, had been charged as a juvenile, police said.
Sgt. William Brown, then 23-years-old, served as an 81 mm mortarman, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, according to a statement by the 3rd Marine Division.
His personal awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Marines said.
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