Hawaii Island police seek witnesses to Hele-On stabbing

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Hawaii Island police are seeking witnesses in a Saturday morning stabbing on a Hele-on bus in Honokaa.

At 9:34 a.m. Saturday, April 25, Hamakua Patrol officers and Hawaii Fire Department medics responded to a report of a stabbing victim at the Hele-On bus stop on Lehua Street in Honokaa.

The victim, a 40-year-old Hilo man, sustained a laceration to his forehead and was taken in serious condition to North Hawaii Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police learned that the victim and the suspect had been arguing in the bus when the suspect cut the victim’s forehead with an unknown instrument. The suspect then exited the bus and ran away on foot.

A suspect has been identified but no arrests have been made. The case is still under investigation and is classified as a first-degree assault.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Paul Isotani at 775-7533.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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