UPDATE: Suspect Charged, Victim Named in Puna Murder Investigation

Updated at 5 p.m. on June 21.

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged 51-year-old Stanley Marion Cummins of Pahoa with the murder of a man at their residence in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision of Puna.

The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Jace Whitney Keakahi Ahquin, of Pahoa.

After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 3:40 p.m. on June 21, detectives charged Cummins with second-degree Murder.

The victim and suspect were acquaintances. Ahquin was renting a room in the residence from Cummins who is the property owner.

Cummins is being held in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday in Hilo District Court.

Original story published at 7 a.m. on June 21.

A 51-year-old Pahoa man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man at their residence in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision of Puna.

The suspect has been identified as Stanley Marion Cummins.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, Hawai`i Police Department Puna Patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Shores home after it was reported that a male victim had been struck in the head with a bat.

Upon officer’s arrival at the home, they located the victim in bed on the ground floor of the residence with apparent traumatic injuries to his head and facial area consistent with being beaten.

Police personnel immediately began performing CPR on the victim until Hawaiʻi County Fire Department medics arrived, however, their efforts were unsuccessful.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., Cummins drove to the Pahoa Police Station and turned himself in to police. He was arrested without incident.

Cummins was later taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation that has been classified as second-degree murder.

The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

An autopsy is scheduled for early next week to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call Detective Wendall Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or wendell.carter@hawaiicounty.gov or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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