Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Captain Robert Wagner
A suspect is in police custody in connection with three stabbings early Friday (May 23) in Hilo.
At 12:02 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a bar at 168 Keawe Street and found a 28-year-old Pāhoa man and a 27-year-old Hilo woman with stab wounds. A man unknown to them had reportedly stabbed them outside the bar, damaged a car and then fled on foot toward the Wainaku area.
Minutes after police arrived at the scene, they received additional calls reporting a stabbing at a residence on the 300 block of Ohai Street in the Wainaku area. Responding officers found a 49-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.
Police immediately launched a search for the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the Ohai Street victim.
All three victims were taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Pāhoa man was listed in critical condition. The Hilo man was listed in stable condition. The woman was treated for her injuries and released.
At 7:36 a.m., police located the suspect, 28-year-old Varaha Mims, at the home of a Hilo acquaintance. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.