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4 Arrested in Fatal Stabbing in Hilo, HI

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested four persons in connection with a fatal stabbing in Hilo on Tuesday (January 20). Detectives arrested the two men and two women Thursday (January 22) on suspicion of second-degree murder.

The suspects were arrested at their Honomū home. Aaron Figueroa, 21, was arrested at 5:32 p.m. Lilly Costa, 22, was arrested at 6:01 p.m. Garrett Dahlin, 22, was arrested at 6:45 p.m. Brittne Morgan, 28, was arrested at 7:30 p.m.

All four were taken to the Hilo police cellblock, where they remain in custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Forty-three-year-old Brian Whetten, who had no permanent address, was found Tuesday with stab wounds in a drug store parking lot off Kīlauea Avenue. He died later at Hilo Medical Center.


Earlier Story:

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the victim of a fatal stabbing in Hilo on Tuesday (January 20) as 43-year-old Brian Whetten, who had no permanent address.

Whetten was was found injured in a drug store parking lot off Kīlauea Avenue shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police learned he had been confronted by two men while in the grassy area between a business off Kīlauea Avenue and the mauka soccer fields off Kamehameha Avenue.

After being stabbed, he managed to walk to the parking lot. He died later at Hilo Medical Center. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the exact cause of death.

Detectives continue to follow up on leads and ask anyone with any information about the incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao Jr. at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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01-21-15 Wanted: Stephen Graham Jr.

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 26-year-old Ocean View man wanted on a bench warrant for contempt of court.

Stephen Kaleo Graham Jr. is also wanted for questioning in connection with several investigations of burglaries, unauthorized entries into motor vehicles and unauthorized control of propelled vehicles in the Kona area.

He is described as 6-foot-1, 205 pounds with brown eyes and short, dark brown hair. He often wears baseball caps. He may be in Kaʻū or Kona.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.