Police: Weekend affray leads to stabbings, arrest


A 38-year-old Hilo man was arrested after a late-night stabbing Saturday in Hilo.

According to police, officers responded shortly after 10:45 p.m. to the old Pu‘ueo Poi Factory on Kekuanaoa Street on the report of an active affray and multiple stabbing victims. Arriving officers saw a man whom witnesses said was the stabber running from the building.


Police later arrested the man, Johan Welson, on suspicion of second-degree assault. He has since been released from police custody pending further investigation.

A 40-year-old man and his 18-year-old and 14-year-old sons were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The 18-year-old was treated and released. The father and the 14-year-old son were both admitted to the hospital, but have since been discharged.


According to police, the incident started when the 40-year-old man and his two sons went to the apartment complex to confront Welson. A physical altercation ensued within Welson’s apartment, which resulted in Welson being assaulted and the three males being stabbed.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department’s nonemergency number at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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