Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Media Release (update)
Hawaiʻi Police detectives have charged 21-year-old Waylen Carenio of Hilo with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 44-year-old man following an altercation Saturday morning fronting a sports bar in Hilo.
The victim was identified as Roy Williams Jr. of Mountain View.
Carenio was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder Monday (December 5) but after further investigation, he was charged with the reduced offense at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday (December 6). He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (December 7).
On Saturday (December 3), during routine patrol on Makaʻala Street, South Hilo patrol officers were flagged down by citizens just after 3 a.m. The officers discovered the unconscious victim lying on the roadway. Witnesses said he had been in an altercation with another man, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head on the pavement.
Williams was taken to Hilo Medical Center and later transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he succumbed to his injuries Sunday evening.