HONOLII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A crowded surf spot on the Big Island turned into a crime scene on Monday. While a Hilo man recovers from stab wounds, his alleged attacker is now behind bars. The stabbing near Honolii Beach Park caught surfers by surprise.
"I heard a bunch of screaming, and about three or four minutes later a Jeep drove by at about 30 or 40 miles an hour. I thought it was kind of odd. Next thing I know, it sounds like madness and mayhem down here," said surfer Chris Andersen.
Patrol officers rushed to Kahoa Road near the Honolii lookout area around 11 in the morning. Before they arrived, a 29-year-old man with stab wounds had been taken in a private vehicle to the Hilo Medical Center.
"The man sustained two stab wounds to his lower back with what was described as a Hawaiian dagger," said Capt. Randall Medeiros of the Hawaii County Police Department.
The attacker left the scene. Investigators blocked off the road to dust for fingerprints and interview witnesses.
"They're preventing me from leaving the beach cause they're fingerprinting the cars, I guess figuring out what happened," said surfer Annessa Klipper.
Officers arrested Michael Glendon, 29, in Puna more than five hours later. The Keaau man was booked for first-degree assault. Investigators said the victim and suspect are acquaintances, but the motive is unclear.
"We do know that they were familiar with each other. They had run-ins in the past and were involved in an argument this morning prior to the stabbing," Medeiros said.
Medeiros said the victim underwent emergency surgery and was listed in stable condition.