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Kona stabbing 05-23-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266

Media Release

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in providing information about a man wanted in connection with a stabbing Tuesday (May 22) in Kailua-Kona.

At 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing at Laʻaloa Beach Park—also known as White Sands Beach—on Aliʻi Drive. The victim, a 39-year-old Ocean View man, had reportedly been at the park with family members when he got into a verbal dispute with another man. The other man reportedly stabbed him in the side of the neck and then fled in a white Jeep.

The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

The suspect is described as African-American, possibly in his mid-30s, with a slim build and short black hair. He was wearing sunglasses,  a black baseball cap with a marijuana leaf logo on the front, and no shirt. He had a tattoo of a chain of musical notes that ran from his left shoulder down along his left arm.

Police located his vehicle—a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with the driver-side door painted gray—at an apartment complex on the mauka side of Aliʻi Drive between Poinciana Drive and Lunapule Road and recovered it as evidence.

Police ask that anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext. 238 or the Police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.