Family says Puna stabbing victim remains critical

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police on the Big Island have arrested a 45-year-old woman in connection with an early morning stabbing in Puna that left a 31-year-old man, who family members identify as Lunalilo "Baba" Yeager, with critical injuries.

His sister, Chyann Tanabe-Yeager, said he was flown to Queen's Medical Center on Oahu where he remains in critical condition tonight. She said he was stabbed in part of his liver and one of his main arteries.

Neighbors said the incident began as a domestic argument at about 5 a.m. in the Hibiscus Drive home, in the Ainaloa Subdivision near Pahoa.

"When I woke up, they was already fighting, and I told them stop fighting," said Kalani Aina, who was in the home with the two. "And then I seen her with the broom handle, hit him."

Aina said the woman continued attacking the man with the broom handle. "She hit him on the back by the neck, and then after that I see her with a knife, and she was like this -- stabbing," said Aina, raising his arm several times in a stabbing motion. "I don't know how many times she stabbed him."

Residents said the man left the home and went through a neighbor's back yard toward Ainaloa Boulevard.

"All I heard was him screaming down, running down in the back of my yard, running towards the road, screaming, 'Help, help! Somebody help me! She's going to kill me!," said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

Police said they arrested Heidi Lewis on suspicion of first-degree assault and abuse of a household member. Witnesses said she admitted to the stabbing.

"She, Heidi, the girlfriend had come to the front door, asking us to take him to the hospital because she had just stabbed him," said Krisett Kong, a Washington state resident who was staying at her mother-in-law's house.

"He told me call my mother because I'm dying, Heidi went stab me," said another neighbor who also asked not to be identified.

The man made his way to the roadway, where Kong found him near a speed limit sign. "He got stabbed on his left right here," she said, pointing to her abdomen. "He was lying down, he was in bad condition."

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