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Mon Mar 12, 2012, 02:10 AM

Kaimuki neighborhood evacuated after resident finds possible pipe bomb

Posted: Mar 11, 2012 6:01 PM PDT Updated: Mar 11, 2012 8:44 PM PDT
By Ben Gutierrez

KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police have opened a criminal investigation after a possible pipe bomb was found at a residence in a quiet Kaimuki neighborhood.

Stan Kim lives on the upper floor of a home at 714 7th Avenue, and discovered the device at about 10 a.m. Sunday. "I went downstairs to use the bathroom and I walk in the driveway and I see a tattered bag and the pipe bomb."

Kim took a quick look, and what he saw was enough to alert other residents and his neighbors. "I didn't look really that close," he said. "I just got out of there and informed the neighbors to get out, all the roommates that live downstairs, and that's it, man."

Police were called, and shortly afterward, yellow tape went up on 7th Avenue.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/17133018/kaimuki-neighborhood-evacuated-after-resident-finds-possible-pipe-bomb


My family home is right at the intersection, I can confirm that there used to be some chronic type people living there... people - my sister called my father and stepmother while we were out at lunch today in Los Angeles and said there was a bomb threat. We were worried it might have been my cousin's ex-boyfriend who just got probation out of Halawa, but now I'm thinking it's related to the chronics who used to live in that house.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 03:11 AM

1. My sister reports...

...that it was placed by the gas line, it took an hour and a half for the bomb squad to arrive, the gas company worker needed some convincing to turn the gas line off, and they destroyed part of it in place. It definitely was a pipe bomb, but it was ineffective.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 03:44 AM

2. Wow that is crazy.

 

Good thing this guy was alert.

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Response to dkf (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 03:47 AM

3. For real...

It's getting crazy - yesterday there was a car crash (makes it like 8 in 5 years for that intersection), and before that the storm. I guess these things come in threes. Can't recall ever reading about anything like this before in Hawaii - just left behind backpacks and what not. The current tenants have been there for awhile too and seem like normal people.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 04:54 PM

4. Hail in Waimanalo and Aina Haina.

 

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 06:04 PM

5. Busted

By Gregg K. Kakesako
POSTED: 10:29 a.m. HST, May 23, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 10:31 a.m. HST, May 23, 2012

A 45-year-old Chinatown resident is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court today after his arrest this morning for allegedly planting a homemade pipe bomb two months ago at a Kaimuki rooming house.

The FBI said Patrick Lopes allegedly placed the pipe bomb at a home on 7th Avenue because he had a personal grudge against one of its tenants.

The FBI said Lopes built the pipe bomb from materials he bought at Home Depot.

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The landlord of the Kaimuki rooming house told the FBI that Lopes lived in her building from June 1994 to August 2011, but she evicted him for smoking marijuana and because of complaints by other tenants.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/153241065.html?id=153241065

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