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Puna Man Taken into Custody in connection to Murder Investigation

June 20, 2020, 7:32 PM HST
* Updated June 20, 7:36 PM
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Stanley Marion Cummins

The landlord of a home in Hawaiian Shores has been taken into custody on second-degree murder after reportedly beating one of his tenants with a baseball bat.

According to Hawai‘i Police Department, officers responded to the Puna home just before 7 a.m. after receiving a report that someone had been struck in the head with a bat. When they arrived on scene, officers found a man with traumatic injuries to his head and face.

The victim was still alive at this point, said HPD’s Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins and CPR was administered. The man, identified to be in his mid-30s, was taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at around noon.

As detectives were headed out to the scene, Amon-Wilkins said, Stanley Cummins, identified as the suspect by a witness, arrived at the Pāhoa Police Station at approximately 8:30 p.m.

“He said he was there to turn himself in and evidence,” Amon-Wilkins said.

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Cummins, 51, was taken into custody without incident.

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Amon-Wilkins said Cummins owns the home where the man was found.  the victim was one of his tenants.

“We don’t know what started it,” Amon-Wilkins said of the reported assault.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.

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Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 808-961-2383 or [email protected] or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency line at 808-935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

 

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