Big Island Police Identify Women Murdered in Hilo Last Night – Suspect Charged

Detectives have charged a 34 year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from the shooting deaths of two Hilo women.

Sean Matsumoto

Sean Matsumoto

This evening at 6:30 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto, 34 was charged for first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder, three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony, and first degree reckless endangering. Matsumoto is being held without bail in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance tomorrow.

Police have identified both victims as Elaine Ahu, 74 of Hilo and her daughter Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu, 45, also of Hilo.
Autopsies on both victims are scheduled for Friday to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Two Women Murdered in Hilo Last Night – 34-Year-Old Man Taken Into Custody

Police are investigating a reported shooting incident that occurred last night in Hilo that left two women dead.

HPDBadgeAt about 11:20 pm on Monday night, police responded to several calls of gunshots in the 600 block of Leilani Street. Responding officers conducted checks within the residence and discovered two victims with apparent gunshot wounds.

Both victims were transported to the Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. Police are withholding the release of the victim’s identity pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation.

Sean Matsumoto

Sean Matsumoto

Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto, 34 of Hilo, was taken into custody at the scene on suspicion of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.

Two children who were also at the residence at the time of the shooting were uninjured and are under the care of family members.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area as there are road closures between Hinano and Manono Streets, which will remain closed while detectives conduct further investigations.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.