Double stabbing 04-25-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
April 25, 2010
Report No. C10011665

Media Release

A Kona man is in police custody in connection with a double stabbing in Kona on Saturday night (April 24).

Police responded to a 7:41 call reporting the stabbing at Kahalu’u Beach Park. A 41-year-old Kailua-Kona woman and a 51-year-old Kailua-Kona man had been with friends in a pavilion in the park when an argument ensued. During the argument, the woman was stabbed in the back. When the man went to her aid, he was stabbed in the right side. The man with the knife fled the scene.

Both victims were taken to Kona Community Hospital. The male victim was treated for his wound and released. The female victim remains at the hospital in guarded condition.

At 8:30 p.m., police located the 58-year-old suspect in an abandoned stone church across from the park and arrested him. Emmanuel Niihau Jr. of Kailua-Kona, who also goes by the name Bob Niihau, is being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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