Hawaii island police have arrested a 48-year-old work furlough inmate after he allegedly stabbed a 50-year-old Hilo man in downtown Hilo.
Police said the two men were involved in an argument at the Mo’oheau bus terminal sometime before 7:10 p.m. Thursday.
The argument intensified when the victim allegedly wielded a bat at the suspect and struck him.
Police said the suspect stabbed the victim in his torso and one of his legs.
The victim drove himself to Hilo Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his stab wounds. He remains in the hospital in good condition.
Police said the suspect fled the scene but was arrested later that night when he returned to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.
Staff at the correctional facility treated the suspect’s abrasions that he sustained in the fight before he was placed under arrest on suspicion of first-degree assault. Officers then transported him to the Hilo cellblock.
Anyone who witnessed the fight is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311 or Det. Bobbie-Jo Sagon of the Hawaii Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 808-961-2375.