Pahoa Man Charged in HMC Stabbing

A 21-year-old Pahoa man has been charged for offenses stemming from a stabbing at Hilo Medical Center on Wednesday morning.

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged Franklin Laney Allen Poulsen with attempted second-degree murder, one count of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of first-degree assault, and one count of third-degree assault.

Bail for Poulsen was set at $312,000. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

Poulsen’s charges stem from an incident where he allegedly grabbed a 25-year-old female, choking and stabbing her in her hand.

A 35-year-old Hilo man and a 25-year-old Pepeekeo man also sustained injuries after being stabbed by the suspect as they intervened.

Another 63-year-old Hilo man, while assisting in subduing Poulsen, sustained facial injuries after being punched by the suspect.

All the victims were treated for their injuries sustained during the incident.