Man Charged in Sunday Stabbing Incident

A 21-year-old Hilo man has been arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing that occurred at a home on Leilani Street in Hilo in the early evening hours of Sunday.

Police charged Cohlby R. Espaniola on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

Espaniola is being held in lieu of $360,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to the Leilani Street residence and learned that a 39-year-old male sustained multiple stab wounds to his face, chest, and arms. He was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was treated for his wounds and remains in stable condition.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Kayne Keli’i at (808) 961-2378 or the police non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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