Police investigating Puna stabbing and attempted sex assault 07-01-05

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
CAPTAIN CHADWICK FUKUI
PHONE: 961-2251
JULY 1, 2005

Photo of Ryron L Pia

RYRON L. PIA
…arrested for Assault in the First Degree & Attempted Sexual Assault

MEDIA RELEASE

Police have arrested a 26-year-old Pahoa male in the stabbing incident of a 23 year-old male and an adult female resulting from a confrontation that occurred on July 1, 2005 at a Pahoa residence.

The suspect, identified as Ryron Lloyd Pia, was arrested at 3:00 a.m. Friday (July 1, 2005) for two counts of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Sexual Assault.

On the night of the incident, Puna Patrol officers responded to a report of two stabbing victims at a residence on Route 132, Pahoa, Hawaii. The officers found the victims at a nearby residence, both with apparent stab wounds. Police were able to determine that the victims had been stabbed by Pia at about 2:30 a.m. when the female victim awoke and found Pia attempting to sexually assault her and was stabbed when she resisted. The male victim woke up and confronted Pia at which time a physical altercation took place and the victim was stabbed as a result. A weapon was recovered at the scene by police.

Both victims were transported to the Hilo Medical Center emergency room by Hawaii Fire Department Rescue personnel. Both victims underwent surgery for severe wounds. The male victim is listed in guarded condition. The female victim is listed in stable condition. Both victims are confined in the medical center.

Pia was taken into custody by responding patrol officers and still remains in custody at the Hilo cellblock.

Police detectives are still continuing the investigation.

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