Murder Attempt in Hilo Leads to Puna Mans Arrest *Update* Picture Released of Suspect

Media Release:

Big Island police are investigating an incident that left a 65-year-old Hilo man in the hospital with severe head injuries and a 68-year-old Puna man in police custody.

Hawaii County Police Department

On Monday (June 13) around 10:29 a.m., police received a report of someone yelling for help at an apartment complex in the lower block of Hualālai Street in Hilo. Responding officers discovered the severely injured victim and the alleged suspect still within the victim’s apartment. The victim was treated at the scene and transported by medics to Hilo Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition with a fractured skull and severe lacerations to his head.

Robert R. Diego

Robert R. Diego

Police arrested Robert R. Diego of Hawaiian Paradise Park on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and first degree robbery. He is being held at the police cellblock while detectives from the Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381.

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.

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