Waikoloa man, 35, charged in attempted murder case

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: Apr 21 2014 11:03:57 AM HST

Joel H. White

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -

A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Thursday evening in Waikoloa, according to Big Island police.

At 6:48 p.m., South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a man bleeding from the neck on the 68-1600 block of Malie Street in Waikoloa.

Responding officers located the victim, a 20-year-old Waikoloa man, who had multiple wounds to his torso and throat.  He was taken to the North Kohala Community Hospital.

The investigation revealed that the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, went to the victim's house and the two got into an altercation.  The victim was cut with a sharp object and then ran to another house nearby.

The suspect, 35-year-old Joel H. White of Waikoloa, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 11:05 a.m. Saturday, detectives charged him with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.  His bail was set at $275,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday.

The victim remains hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

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