HONOLULU (KHON2) — Two people were found stabbed to death and two others were wounded on the Big Island and officials said the suspect connected to them all is 24-year-old Chito Asuncion.
Officials said Asuncion was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder and attempted murder in the first degree.
“It was a lot of recovery of surveillance videos from a lot of the business establishments that helped us both on the east and the west side of the island — as well as we were able to gain some witness statements that helped point us in the right direction,” said Lt. Calvin Delaries from the Hawaii Police Department.
According to police, the suspect was initially arrested after a 48-year-old victim was stabbed to death and their body was found at Hale Halawai County Park on Tuesday.
Investigations lead police to locate Ascuncion near the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway and Henry Street intersection and arrest him for second-degree murder.
Police then connected Asuncion to three other separate incidents that were reported on May 17, May 25 and May 30. One of the victims died, one was hospitalized and released, and a 70-year-old female continues to be hospitalized.
Hawaii County officials said the details about the case are alarming.
“It is concerning and there is crime as we know across our island, but especially closer to home being in a county park,” said Holeka Inaba, Hawaii County Council Member.
At this time Hawaii County prosecutors can’t disclose a possible motive, but they are calling the case unprecedented and experts agree.
“In the years that I’ve been working as a criminologist, this is only maybe the third time that we’ve seen this kind of multiple murder,” said Meda Chesney-Lind a University of Hawaii at Manoa criminologist.
Looking at Asuncion’s past, police said he was reported missing 10 years ago. Since then, police said he’s been in and out of the system.
“We’ve had previous contacts with him however they haven’t been violent crimes mostly petty misdemeanor incidents,” said Delaries.
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Asuncion remains in custody for multiple murder charges for $1,500,000 despite the state’s request that he be held without bail.