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Hawaii County police look for suspect in Puna stabbing

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:57 a.m. HST, May 12, 2012

Hawaii County police are looking for a Puna man wanted in connection with a stabbing this morning.

The incident began with a domestic dispute at a convenience store on Kahakai Boulevard between a 31-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both of Hawaiian Beaches. During the argument, the man allegedly threw a beer bottle — which hit a 19-year-old man in a parked van — and then left the area.

A short time later, the mother of the man hit by the bottle and a relative — a 37-year-old Mountain View man — got into a confrontation with the couple from the domestic argument on South Puni Mauka Loop near Aweoweo Street.

During the confrontation, the Mountain View man received lacerations to the chest, back, face and upper arms. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

Police have classified the incident as a first-degree assault and a third-degree assault. 

They are looking for the 27-year-old Hawaiian Beaches man. He is described as 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with blue eyes, a muscular build, a shaved head and a partial goatee. He has several tattoos, including one with the word "Compton" on his abdomen and another with the numbers "155″ on his chest.

Police caution the public not to approach him, but instead, to call the Police Department's nonemergency line at 935-3311 if they see him or know his whereabouts, or contact Detective Norbert Serrao by phone at 961-2383 or by email at Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181.

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