38-year-old Hilo man arrested following a stabbing incident that left three people injured at an apartment complex in Hilo late Saturday evening (May 8th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Maui (Kula) Team
Hawai‘i Police Department Criminal Investigation Section – Area I Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 21-036860 Hawai‘i Island police detectives arrested a Hilo man in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred in Hilo on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Shortly after 10:45 p.m. South Hilo patrol officers responded to the old Pu‘ueo Poi Factory on Kekūanaō‘a Street for an active affray and reports of numerous stabbing victims. Upon arrival, officers observed a man running from the building. Witnesses reported this individual was the responsible party. Police contacted the man, later identified as 38-year-old Johan Welson, of Hilo, arrested him on suspicion of second-degree assault. Officers located three males outside of the apartment with stab wounds. They were transported via ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The stabbing victims were determined to be a 40-year-old man and his 18-year-old and 14-year-old sons. The 18-year-old was treated and released; the father and his 14-year-old son were both admitted; however, have since been discharged. During the course of this investigation detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section determined this incident began when the 40-year-old man and his two sons went to the apartment complex to confront Welson. A physical altercation ensued within Welson’s apartment, which resulted in Welson being assaulted and the three males being stabbed. On Monday afternoon, May 10, after conferring with county prosecutors, Welson was released from police custody pending further investigation. Police are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to contact Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2381 or email at Grant.Todd@hawaiicounty.gov or call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.
Initial Update on May 11th, 2021:
The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) along with the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to a report of an apparent weapon/unknown type disturbance incident at an apartment complex in Hilo late Saturday evening (May 8th).
The initial call came in at 10:52 pm Saturday evening and HPD Officers from the South Hilo Patrol along with Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) and HFD Crews from the Central and Haihai Fire Station responded to the scene located at the 200 block of Kekuanaoa Street near the Old Pu'ueo Poi Factory in Hilo.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came into HPD Dispatch reporting an unknown type disturbance/large affray involving up to 8 individuals happening at an apartment complex near the Old Pu'ueo Poi Factory in Hilo. The large affray later led to an apparent stabbing on three individuals (all being described as males and age ranging from teens to 40s) at the scene. Bystanders at the scene assisted with diffusing the situation and also providing basic medical care to the injured individuals until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HPD Officers immediately worked safely to secure the scene and also diffuse the large affray. Once the scene was declared safe, HFD Medics immediately took over medical care to all three patients and then later transported them to the Hilo Medical Center for further medical treatment. It was noted that 2 of the patients (one male teenager and a male in his 40s) were listed in critical condition at the time of transport and the third patient (one male teenager) condition was listed as serious, all three patients suffered multiple stab wounds.
One adult male was taken into custody by HPD Officers and later transported to the East Hawaii Detention Center for further processing. It's unknown at this time if the arrest made at the scene was related to the apparent weapon incident.
HPD Detectives from CIS later arrived at the scene and began their investigation into the incident.