Hilo man charged in Leilani Street stabbing


Hawaii Island Police have charged a 21-year-old Hilo man in connection with a stabbing that occurred at a home on Leilani Street in Hilo in the early evening hours on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Police charged Cohlby R. Espaniola Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. 

Espaniola is being held in lieu of $360,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for Oct. 17.    

Police were called to the Leilani Street residence and learned that a 39-year-old male sustained multiple stab wounds to his face, chest, and arms. 

He was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for his wounds and remains in stable condition.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Kayne Kelii at (808) 961-2378 or the police non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.   

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