HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - An inmate from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center was arrested in connection to a stabbing in Downtown Hilo Thursday.
Hawaii County Police say the suspect was identified as 48-year-old Daniel Kahaleua Sr., who was on work furlough at the time of the incident.
The arrest came after Kahaleua Sr. reportedly got into an argument with a man he knew at the Mo'oheau Bus terminal.
Police said shortly after 7 p.m., the argument escalated and Kahaleua Sr. stabbed the victim who was wielding a bat.
The victim did allegedly strike Kahaleua Sr. with the bat during the scuffle, police said. Kahaleua Sr. fled the scene before officers arrived and the victim drove himself to a nearby hospital.
Police arrested Kahaleua Sr. around 11:40 p.m. when he returned to HCCC.
He faces charges of first-degree assault.
The victim is recovering in the hospital and reportedly is in good condition.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or may have any information about it is asked to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.