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UPDATE: Feliciano Held on $558,00 Bail

December 20, 2013, 5:38 PM HST
* Updated December 23, 11:43 AM
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***Updated 11:43 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23.***

Police on Friday filed charges against a man arrested the day before for attempted murder after allegedly trying to attack a police officer.

The officer was one of two responding to a report of a disturbance off Aulii Street in the Orchidland subdivision.

When they arrived, they encountered 58-year-old Joseph Feliciano brandishing two “edged” weapons. Feliciano allegedly refused to comply with police commands and allegedly threw a weapon at one of the officers but missed.


Feliciano was charged with attempted first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment without the chance of parole.


He was also charged with attempted assault and two counts of terroristic threatening, all in the first degree, and resisting arrest.

Feliciano was also charged with first-degree assault and abuse of a family or household member for allegedly striking a 48-year-old woman in the face during a domestic dispute at their Orchidland home on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The victim declined treatment for her injuries.


Feliciano was being held in lieu of $558,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Posted 5:38 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20:

Police are investigating an alleged attack on a police officer Thursday as a case of attempted murder.

The incident occurred after the officers responded to a 4:42 p.m. call at a disturbance in the Orchidland subdivision.

When they arrived at a home off Aulii Street, they encountered 58-year-old Joseph Feliciano allegedly brandishing two edged weapons.

Police said Feliciano refused to comply with the officers’ commands and allegedly threw one of the weapons at an officer, who managed to avoid being struck.

At about 5:20 p.m. Feliciano was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released to police custody.

Feliciano was being held today in the Hilo cellblock pending further investigation and possible charges.

Neither of the officers was injured in the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the suspect is not the same person as a police officer with the same name.

Officer Joseph Feliciano was recognized as the “Officer of the Month” in May 2010 for his work in the South Hilo patrol division.

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