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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2010

3 charged in man's beating, stabbing

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

Two Schofield Barracks soldiers and a Liliha woman have been charged with plotting to kill a 25-year-old man and then dispose of his body, according to court documents.

Ramon A. Alcantara, 25, Ray N. Puga, 20, and Hazel K.R. Davis, 18, each were charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder in connection with the case. Bail for each was set at $1 million.

Alcantara and Puga were identified in a police affidavit as enlisted men stationed at Schofield Barracks. Davis gave a North Kuakini Street address as her residence.

The three are accused of beating Jose Abrante with a hammer and stabbing him with a knife Sunday night near Lanakila Elementary School. Abrante was critically injured, but he was able to identify his assailants to police, according to the affidavit.

Abrante told police that he was supposed to go on a dinner date with Davis on Sunday. When Davis picked him up in Waikīkī, there was another woman and a man, identified in the affidavit as Puga, in Davis' pickup truck.

The other woman, identified in the affidavit only as "the witness," said Davis drove to the school and parked. The witness said she got out of the truck and Alcantara approached the vehicle and attacked Abrante, the affidavit said.

Abrante told police he managed to get his legs out of the truck and put Alcantara in a "triangle lock," but that Puga began to hit him in the back of the head with a hammer, the affidavit said.

Alcantara then shouted, "Just do him already," and at that point Abrante was stabbed in the back of the neck, the affidavit said. The witness said Davis stabbed Abrante with a knife and got out of the truck and said, "He's not dying. What do I do?" the affidavit said.

Abrante was able to get out of the truck and flee. He was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition.

The three suspects told the witness not to say anything and she said she feared for the safety of herself and her child, the affidavit said. But the witness told police that she was with the three suspects Sunday afternoon when they planned to kill Abrante.

Alcantara said he was going to beat up Abrante, the affidavit said, but Davis said they had to "get rid of Abrante." No reason was given in the affidavit as to why the three wanted Abrante dead.

Alcantara and Davis were dating at the time of the incident, according to the court document. Alcantara and Puga were arrested Monday at Schofield, while Davis was picked up Tuesday morning at her home.