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  • University Security Guard has Brush with Death

    Written by Sabrina Hall [email protected]
    February 23, 2008 10:16 PM

    The blood has all been cleaned up. the broken window has been boarded. But nobody in this University neighborhood can get out of their mind what they saw Friday night.

    "He was screaming for his life," said Witness Jason Sterio. "He was screaming 'Help! Help! No! No!'. He was just fighting for his life up there. It was terrible."

    "He was dangling," said Witness Christopher Quimby, "His feet were out the window and he was screaming and yelling "help!'. It was pretty harrowing."

    Residents stood speechless as a 63-year old man dangled feet first out a 26th floor window. Police say that security guard was fighting off a burglar who first attacked him with a fire hydrant.

    "I guess the guy had a fire extinguisher," said Quimby. "He shot him in the face with it and blinded him and they got into scuffle and they broke through the window."

    "The blood apparently fell on various landings," said Jacqueline Chun, who lives on the 14th floor of the Ala Wai Plaza.

    "He was trying to shove him out the window," said Quimby. "It was insane."

    Witnesses say the man was hanging on for his life, but when police arrived at the scene they say the 42-year old suspect tried to make a quick escape.

    Witnesses say the perpetrator actually took the elevator downstairs and police saw him, but he pointed upwards to distract them and when police looked up he booked it down the road. But he didn't get very far

    "About three cops dropped tackled him right over here about two blocks away," said Quimby.

    The suspect Joseph Joyce was arrested for burglary and attempted murder. Neighbors say the hurt security guard sat on a bench until an ambulance arrived.

    "He was all cut up," said Sterio. "On his head, on the side of his torso, his legs a little bit. It was very traumatizing, very bad."

    The suspect may have a tough time fighting the attempted murder charge in court. Neighbors say one resident caught the whole incident on his video camera and turned the tape over to police

    Its not how we die that counts.....
    Its not how we lived that counts....
    all that matters is how we saved that one life that one time by being in the right place at the right time....