Police charge 28-year-old Hilo stabbing spree suspect

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 28-year-old man accused of going on a stabbing spree early Friday morning in the Hilo area has been charged.

South Hilo Patrol officers arrested Varaha Mims on Saturday for first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal property damage, first-degree burglary and third-degree promoting a detrimental drug.

His bail is set at $500,000. He remains in custody at the Hilo police cellblock.

The stabbing incident occurred shortly after midnight on Friday morning. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to 168 Keawe Street and found a 28-year-old Pāhoa man and a 27-year-old Hilo woman with stab wounds. Varaha Mims had reportedly stabbed them outside a bar, damaged a car and then fled on foot toward the Wainaku area.

Minutes after police arrived at the scene, they received additional calls reporting a stabbing at a residence on the 300 block of Ohai Street in the Wainaku area. Responding officers found a 49-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. Police located Mims around 7:36 a.m. at the home of a Hilo acquaintance and arrested him.

All three victims were initially taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Pāhoa man is now in serious condition at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. The Hilo man is in stable condition at Hilo Medical Center. The woman was treated for her injuries and released on Friday.