Man charged with assault, girlfriend in critical condition

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Hawaii Island police have charged a 40-year-old Ocean View man abuse and assault after they say his girlfriend suffered traumatic injuries to her head and bruising to her body. 

According to police, they were called Friday to the Ranchos subdivision of Ocean View after getting a report about a woman that had become unconscious while hiking from Pohue Bay with her boyfriend. 

The 40-year-old victim from Alaska was taken to Kona Community Hospital, but her injuries were so severe she had to be flown to Queen's Medical Center on Oahu. Police say she remains in critical condition. 

Vencent Michael Nelson was charged Sunday with abuse of family or household member and first-degree assault. His bail set at $27,000.

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