HONOLULU — A Hawaii man is accused of killing an apartment landlord during an eviction fight on Sunday, authorities said.
Kendall Terralle Gray, 23, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of 64-year-old Alvin Matsumoto, according to Honolulu Police Department online arrest logs.
According to court documents, Matsumoto was attempting to evict Gray’s girlfriend from a Honolulu apartment when the Gray allegedly intervened, Hawaii News Now reported.
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Surveillance video allegedly shows Gray “stomping” on Matsumoto’s head and chest area several times while the victim was motionless on the ground of the apartment building’s stairwell, according to the television station.
Shawn Giles, who said he lived on the third floor of the apartment, said he saw Gray allegedly assaulting Matsumoto, KHON-TV reported.
“I came down, and I said ‘Hey, stop. Put him down. Leave him alone,” Giles told reporters, according to KHON and Hawaii News Now. “He’s dragging him like a caveman, just dragging the body.
“And (Gray) goes, ‘Oh, call 911, he needs help.’”
Giles said he ran to his apartment to call 911 and returned to find the victim against a rock wall on the first floor, KHON reported.
“He puts the elderly man on the rock wall so at this point I ignore the suspect,” Giles told the television station. “I just go straight to the victim. I’m a nurse, I just try to help do first aid.”
According to Honolulu police, officers found Matsumoto “bleeding profusely” from his head on the sidewalk.
The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and later died, KITV reported.
Gray was arrested four hours later, according to Hawaii News Now.
“(Matsumoto) just seemed very kind and he got along with other homeowners so it’s just so sad,” Giles told the television station.