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Inmate on work furlough stabs bat-wielding victim

A Hawaii island man was arrested Thursday in connection with a stabbing that is alleged to have occurred while he was on work furlough from the Hale Nani correctional facility.

Hawaii island police arrested the 48-year-old man at 11:40 p.m. on suspicion of first degree assault.

Police opened the case after Hilo Medical Center staff reported that they were treating a 50-year-old Hilo man, who had arrived at the hospital emergency room around 7 p.m. with a stab wound to his torso.

Police investigators determined that the incident stemmed from an earlier argument at the Mooheau Bus terminal between the victim and the suspect, who knew each other.

Witnesses reported that the suspect stabbed the victim, who was wielding a bat during the scuffle. Police report that the victim is in good condition after undergoing surgery for stab wounds to his torso and upper leg.

The suspect was treated for abrasions by Hawaii Community Correctional Center staff before he was turned over to detectives.

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