Police open attempted murder investigation in connection with Puna incident


Hawaii Island police have opened an attempted murder investigation in connection with a disturbance Thursday afternoon at a Keaau home.

At 4:42 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a call of a disturbance at a home on Aulii Street in Keaau, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. On their arrival, police encountered 58-year-old Joseph Feliciano who was allegedly brandishing two edged weapons. The man was also wanted by police in connection with a separate assault incident that occurred Wednesday.

Feliciano allegedly refused to comply with several verbal commands given by police and reportedly threw one of the weapons at one of the officers, who managed to avoid being struck, according to police. No officers were injured.

Feliciano was arrested at 5:20 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, according to police. He was also taken to Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock while Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives continue the investigation.