Locals Are Stabbing Military Members on This Famous Beach and We Want to Know Why

Waikiki is one of the world’s most famous beaches. Families from all over come to visit the tropical paradise and enjoy some sunshine and fun. But, something happens after the sun sets. All of that fun ends and dangerous people come out. It seems that criminals have been targeting members of our military and stabbing them on Waikiki in Honolulu.

Why are people stabbing our servicemen? Take a look at the facts and untangle the mystery with us.

A night out ends in bloodshed


This beautiful island is getting vary dangerous. | LUCKOHNEN/Getty Images

A 25-year old military man from New York had a night out with a friend on March 1. As the night drew to an end, his friend had left with a woman. The young man decided to walk home. In between 3:30 and 3:50 AM, the young man was assaulted by two unknown suspects. The men stabbed him in the abdomen and left him for dead. Luckily, he was able to stumble a few blocks where someone called the cops. It’s a story that’s becoming all too familiar.

Next: He’s not the only member of the military who has been stabbed on that beach. 

2 other servicemen have been assaulted and 1 died

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An Army sergeant was killed. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

The assault against the unnamed serviceman on March 1 isn’t a unique event. Two other men have been assaulted in a similar fashion. One was attacked with a baseball bat and stabbed repeatedly. A 14-year-old boy was charged with that assault.

The other, Sgt. William H. Brown was attacked just off the beach, stabbed multiple times, and died of his injuries. One adult and eight juveniles were detained. A 16-year-old boy was later charged with second-degree murder for the assault.

Next: The question is: Are these assaults connected?

These aren’t robberies

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None of the victims were robbed. | iStock.com/Prathaan

It is immediately presumed that these people were just robbed after having a night out. That would be a fair guess. But, these cases don’t fit the bill.  All the victims were left with their credit cards, and cash. If they were robberies gone bad, the suspects would have still taken the money. Instead, each victim retained all their valuables.

Next: The strange commonality all the cases all have.

They all have the same M.O.

The victims were soldiers that were separated from their groups. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The only thing that connects them are similarities between the cases. All the victims were military men out for the night and separated from their groups. Each perpetrator was in their middle teen years and with a group. The victims had no connection with the perpetrators. The victims were assaulted with blunt objects or fists and then stabbed. This could suggest a sinister pattern of a particular criminal framework.

Next: Why would someone just stab someone that they didn’t know?

What was the motive?

The motive for these crimes is unknown. |  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Most murders or assaults fall under one or more of four motivating factors: Love, lust, lucre, or loathing. Love or lust were certainly not factors since the victims didn’t know their attackers. Lucre, or money, is out the window since all the victims retained all of their money and credit cards. That leaves us with loathing which could fit for these cases. Could an angry moment have led to all these stabbings?

Next: Could this be an altercation that got out of control?

A street fight that went bad?

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Deadly altercations are on the rise. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

It’s not uncommon for an altercation to turn deadly. Even some friendly scraps have gone south because of a mistake made by one of the fighters. Capt. Walter Ozeki of the Honolulu PD said that for the Sgt. Brown case “It appears there was some type of verbal exchange which led to a physical altercation. During the altercation, the 23-year-old male was stabbed.”

It seems like a concise explanation for what has happened. A man starts mouthing off to the wrong group of locals or vice versa, things get out of hand, and someone dies. Sadly, this is a reasonable explanation. But there is something that all of these cases reek of.

Next: Doesn’t this sound like a gang initiation?

Crime is rising in Waikiki

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This paradise is becoming more dangerous. | Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

Over a period of 180 days, there were 1,000 arrests on Waikiki that involved violent crimes, drugs, and alcohol. These are tell-tale signs of gang activity. Gang activity was relatively low for Hawaii, but that has created a sense of complacency. Now, gangs from the mainland are making their way to the island of Hawaii and cutting out there own turf. But in order to cut that turf out, they need new recruits.

Next: The crazy things gangs do to make their members prove themselves. 

Gangs make their members prove their worth

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Gangs have brutal initiation rites. | MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images

Gangs really like to recruit younger people in their teens because they are more impressionable and the sense to belong is easy to exploit. Often times, they have savage ways of making their members prove themselves. It usually involves a crime so that the person joining the gang has their skin in the game, so to speak.

For example, the Bloods have an initiation called “Buck Fifty”, which is slang for 150. The ritual requires the recruit to slash a random stranger so bad, that they get 150 stitches. Sometimes the victims would die. Is this all starting to sound familiar?

Next: Is this the start of a new gang’s initiation?

Could this be the trend of a new gang initiation?

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This is a disturbing pattern. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

There’s no real proof yet that these assaults were gang-related. Our thoughts are purely speculative given the information we have. Three of our military men were assaulted in the same manner. Were they targeted? It very well could be the beginning of something new. Or maybe these were just altercations that went terribly. We will let you decide.

All that can be done is for military members to heed caution when going to the beach. Senior military officials are considering banning service members from visiting the beach. The police are raising their presence as well. Only time will tell if these measures do anything to curb the bloodshed.

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