3-29-21 Two Men Arrested in Kona for Manslaughter

Hawai‘i Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area II
Lieutenant Edwin A. Buyten
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266
Report No.: 21-024773

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man after being involved in a reported physical altercation with his roommates at a vacation rental. 

At 2:09 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021, dispatch received a call of a man that was unresponsive and not breathing in the 75-5800 block of Walua Road in Kailua-Kona. Upon officers arrival, Hawai‘i Fire Department personnel were observed performing CPR on the victim. Attempts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful.

A preliminary investigation has determined that a verbal argument between the men escalated and turned physical. 

The two roommates were identified as 31-year-old Alexander Germany-Wald, of Boston, Massachusetts, and 37-year-old Benjamin Fleming, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both men were arrested for manslaughter and are being held at the Kealakehe Police Station cellblock pending further investigation by the Area II Criminal Investigation Section.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Tyler Prokopec at (808) 326-4646 Ext. 224, or via email at tyler.prokopec@hawaiicounty.gov. They may also contact the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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