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Man charged in stabbing of housemate in Puna

Updated: 
October 16, 2017 - 8:17pm

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police have charged a 32-year-old Puna man in connection with a stabbing in Puna.

At 12:26 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to a report of a man who had been stabbed by another man who shared the same home.

The victim, a 34-year-old Puna man, sustained stab wounds to his neck and was taken by medics to the Hilo Medical Center in serious but stable condition. He was later flown via air ambulance to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for additional treatment and has since been upgraded to good condition.

At 12:40 a.m., the suspect, Michael Potee, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation.

Friday evening, Potee was charged with second-degree assault. He was released from police custody at 9:10 p.m., after posting $2000 bail and is scheduled to appear in District Court next month.

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