Pahoa man charged with attempted murder, other crimes as victim remains in critical condition

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KALAPANA, Hawaii (KHON2) — Hawaii Island police have charged 36-year-old Thomas Ryan Kilborn of Pahoa with attempted murder, following a Valentine’s Day incident in Kalapana. 

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It happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Puna patrol officers responded to reports of a disturbance near the intersection area of Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road and Ole Ole Street.

Upon arrival, officers learned Kilborn had allegedly stolen a vehicle from a driveway and several minutes later returned to the area and struck a 28-year-old woman with the car. The 36-year-old then crashed the vehicle into a coconut tree, after which he reportedly stole another vehicle, this time a pick-up truck, from a passerby who stopped to render aid to the injured woman.

The owner of the pick-up truck then got into the bed of the truck and remained there as Kilborn sped off at, what police described, as a high rate of speed. The truck owner remained in the bed of the truck for several miles, screaming for help, as Kilborn sped through the neighborhood and along Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road. Police say the owner of the pick-up truck managed to jump out near the Kalapana Transfer Station as Kilborn sped off. Following this, Hawaii Island police say Kilborn intentionally struck another unknown moving vehicle from behind, forcing the vehicle off the roadway. The female operator of the vehicle received minor injuries.

Kilborn was located a short distance away from the stolen pick-up truck, which had been driven into a lava field. He was arrested that same night.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old woman who was originally struck by Kilborn was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center emergency room with life-threatening injuries. She was later flown to the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where she remains in critical condition.

After conferring with county prosecutors Tuesday morning, detectives charged Kilborn with second-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree criminal property damage, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle (UCPV), accident involving death or serious bodily injury, accident involving damage to vehicle or property and driving without a driver license.

Kilborn is being held in lieu of $704,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this incident or who may have been in the area Sunday afternoon to contact the police department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311, or Detective Scotty Aloy at 961-2375 or email him at

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