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Hilo attempted murder 06-14-11

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
June 14, 2011
Report No. C11015456

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Robert R. Diego

Media Release

Detectives have charged a Puna man with attempted murder and other offenses in connection with an attack Monday (June 13) that sent a 65-year-old Hilo man to the hospital.

At 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (June 14) detectives from Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged 68-year-old Robert R. Diego of Hawaiian Paradise Park with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $70,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (June 15).

The victim remains at Hilo Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

Monday morning, police received a report of someone yelling for help at an apartment complex in the lower block of Hualālai Street in Hilo. Responding officers discovered the severely injured victim and Diego still within the victim’s apartment. The victim was treated at the scene and transported by medics to Hilo Medical Center with a fractured skull and severe lacerations to his head. Police arrested Diego and continued investigating the case.