A young Hawaii Army National Guard supply specialist was mortally stabbed inside her car that was set afire near a Honolulu high school earlier this week.
Samuel Jones, 25, was identified as the suspect spotted opening and closing the car's doors after setting it on flames in the parking lot of Mililani High School at around 6:40 a.m. Monday.
“Witnesses continued to follow that male until the other officers arrived,” HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes said adding that the suspect was carrying some kind of “blade” while leaving the scene.
“Officers were able to locate the male and detained him until he was positively identified by the witnesses.”
Jordan Laulusa, 21, was found dead in the backseat of the charred vehicle; police said that she died from a stab wound to the neck.
Resident Megan Zuelke echoed the community's shock over the incident.
“It's shocking, super concerning it happened in the school parking lot. We walk here every day. It's shocking,” she said.