Second-Degree Murder Investigation Underway in Hilo Stabbing
A 43-year-old man has died after a stabbing that occurred Monday afternoon near Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo.
According to the Hawai’i Police Department, South Hilo patrol officers and Hawai’i County Fire Department medics were sent to the parking lot of a pharmacy on the 500 block of Kīlauea Avenue Tuesday afternoon at 3:55 p.m., where they found the victim with multiple stab wounds.
Authorities say that the man was confronted by two men in a grassy area between another Kīlauea Avenue business and the adjacent mauka soccer fields. The victim was allegedly stabbed there, but still managed to walk toward the parking lot of the drug store.
The victim was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:18. His name is being withheld while his identity is being confirmed and next of kin is notified.
Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section, along with evidence specialists, are working on a second-degree murder investigation.
Two men wanted for questioning have been described by witnesses, and detectives are looking for more witnesses to come forward and provide additional information. Both men were seen running along Kīlauea Avenue in the north direction between Hualalai Street and the downtown Hilo area between 3:30-3:45 p.m.
One of the men is described as Caucasian, 6-feet-tall, and approximately 160 pounds with short blond hair and hazel eyes. He was allegedly wearing green knee-length shorts and a white t-shirt. The other man is described as local with a fair complexion. He was wearing a white tank top and prescription glasses.
Anyone with knowledge of the individuals involved or any other information on the incident is asked to call Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or Detective Norbert Serrao Jr. at 961-2383. Anonymous tips may also be phoned in to Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.