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Kona man arrested for allegedly fatally stabbing a neighbor

Big Island police arrested a 62-year-old Kailua-Kona man last night for allegedly fatally stabbing his 57-year-old neighbor and injuring the man’s 25-year-old son.

Police identified the 57-year-old victim as Edward Wanat, who lived at 77-305 Kalani Way Unit 5.

The suspect, arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder, remains in custody at the Kona Police Station and has not yet been charged.

Kona patrol officers were called to a condominium unit at Seaview subdivision in Kailua-Kona, where the three live.

Police said Wanat and his son, Andrew, were involved in an altercation with the suspect, who lives in a separate condominium unit.

The suspect allegedly stabbed both men at about 7:09 p.m.

The elder Wanat was stabbed several times in the chest and abdomen, police said. He was taken in critical condition to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. His son received cuts to his hands, arms, shoulder and face, and was also taken to the Kona hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

Police arrested the 62-year-old man at the scene who also went to the hospital for face, hands and chest injuries he sustained during the altercation.

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