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Man arrested for string of stabbings in Hilo

May 23, 2014 - 9:22am

Police arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with three stabbings early this morning in Hilo.

At 12:02 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a bar at 168 Keawe St. and found a 28-year-old Pahoa man and a 27-year-old Hilo woman with stab wounds, according to the Hawaii Police Department. A man they did not know reportedly stabbed them outside the bar, damaged a car and then fled on foot toward the Wainaku area.

Minutes after police arrived at the scene, they received additional calls reporting a stabbing at a residence on the 300 block of Ohai Street in the Wainaku area. Responding officers found a 49-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Police immediately launched a search for the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the Ohai Street victim.

All three victims were taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Pahoa man was listed in critical condition. The Hilo man was listed in stable condition. The woman was treated for her injuries and released.

At 7:36 a.m., police located the suspect, Varaha Mims, at the home of a Hilo acquaintance. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.