Marine stabbed woman in Hawaii, police say

A pregnant woman was stabbed to death by her ex-husband on the side of a highway in Hawaii, according to police. Motorists allegedly tried to stop the Marine from fatally stabbing his ex-wife.

Dana Alotaibi, 27, and U.S. Marine Bryant Tejada Castillo, 29, were driving on the H-3 freeway when the couple reportedly got into an argument on Wednesday. According to witnesses, her car was stopped at the shoulder at around 6:20 p.m.

Eyewitnesses observed a “man standing over a woman and stabbing her multiple times”. said Deena Thoemmes, Honolulu Criminal Investigation Department lieutenant.

“It was determined that the victim and the man were married and had recent marital problems,” Thoemmes said. “At the time of the incident, they were arguing before he stabbed her multiple times, causing her fatal injuries.”

Several motorists allegedly stopped their cars and tried to stop the suspect from stabbing the woman.

The perpetrator is said to have fled into the forest. Police pursued the suspect and when they arrived, the man allegedly stabbed himself with the same knife he reportedly used to stab his former wife. The police arrested the suspect. Castillo was taken to the hospital for his self-inflicted injuries.

Concerned passers-by tried to get medical treatment for Alotaibi at the scene.

An unnamed witness tells the story KITV“You know, when we do CPR there’s obviously no pulse, they didn’t get a pulse the whole time, and it was just her face, she just looked past the point of no return, you know. “

“Could you imagine getting stabbed in the neck and then watching your life literally spill out of you and everyone around you either doesn’t know what to do or is too shocked to do anything about it that could I don’t imagine that,” he added.

Alotaibi was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead at 8:31 p.m. at Adventist Health Castle Medical Center.

The Honolulu Police Department and Domestic Violence Attorney’s Office team are investigating whether there was any prior abuse.

Castillo was assigned to the 3rd Littoral Combat Team at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Kaneohe.

The Marine Corps issued a statement KITV:

The Marine Corps is aware of a tragic incident that occurred yesterday Evening (July 20, 2022) allegedly involving a currently deployed US Marine to the 3rd Littoral Combat Team. Our understanding is that the Navy is currently in the custody of the Honolulu Police Department as hers Investigations are ongoing, but no official charges have been filed. The 3rd Marine The Littoral Regiment and Marine Corps Base Hawaii will continue to work together complete with law enforcement officials as details on this unfold incident. The Marine Corps expresses its deepest condolences family and friends of those involved.

Alotaibi and Castillo had been married for almost three years but separated and no longer lived together. Castillo filed for divorce in November, which court documents said was granted by a court last month.

Alotaibi spoke about her divorce on YouTube Video released on July 12 but revealed a dispute over a shared vehicle. She also said the military could send her back to Virginia. She also said he threatened to kill her.

Friends of Alotaibi told Hawaii News Now that she was 13 weeks pregnant with her current boyfriend’s baby.

The victim’s mother, Natalia Cespedes, told KITV: “It’s so sad, it’s very sad because we have our plans for everything.”

“I just want to know that my daughter has plans to go back to Virginia, to live her life, to live with her child because she was pregnant, so we’re preparing everything for her return,” Cespedes said. “Was so sad. See my life is empty I really want to, I really had it planned for my grandchild here and I think how they died was very disturbing.”

Alotaibi is survived by her parents and three sisters.

“Only I can pray to bring my daughter home, that was the plan,” Cespedes said.

Castillo’s bail is set at $1 million.

Police said the woman who was allegedly stabbed by her husband on H3 is pregnant Marine stabbed woman in Hawaii, police say

Laura Coffey

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