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Police Investigating Murder in Hawaiian Beaches; Suspect Taken Into Custody

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Big Island police are investigating a case that has been classified as second-degree murder in a Puna subdivision.

According to a media release from the Hawai’i Police Department, Puna patrol officers responded shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, to a residence on Kawakawa Street in Hawaiian Beaches for a report of an elderly man seated in a wheelchair and bleeding from his neck.

Responding officers located the victim, later identified as 87-year-old Charles Hacker of Pāhoa, seated in a walker-seat in his driveway. He was found unconscious and bleeding from a laceration-type injury to his neck.

Police and rescue personnel immediately attempted life-saving measures. Hacker was transported to Hilo Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing this investigation, which is classified as a second-degree murder. While at the scene investigating, police received information identifying a suspect. Shortly thereafter, police took a 33-year-old male neighbor of the victim into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder.

The media advisory Wednesday afternoon said police were still in the area at about 2:45 p.m., pending execution of a search warrant at Hacker’s residence.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, July 1, to determine the exact cause of death.

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Anyone with information about this incident or who might have been in the area of Kawakawa Street between 9 and 10 a.m. Wednesday is asked to contact Detective Blaine Morishita with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or vial email at [email protected]. They can also email Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at [email protected],gov.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at at 808-961-8300.

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