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Puna man arrested in stabbing

October 12, 2017 - 11:53am

Hawaii Island police arrested a Puna man in connection with a stabbing incident.

At 12:26 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to a report that 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 ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center in serious but stable condition. He was medevaced to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu for additional treatment.

The suspect identified as 32-year-old Michael Potee was arrested. He remains at the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation, classified as a second-degree assault.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Scott Amaral of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2384 or

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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