Puna man charged in brutal attack

  • Reed Martineau

Hawaii Island police have charged a 41-year-old Puna man in connection with an assault and attempted murder which sent a man and woman to the hospital.

On Tuesday, at 11:55 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to Kalapana Seaview Estates after receiving a 911 call from a motorist who reported that a woman was being assaulted with a knife.


When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a 53-year-old Puna woman lying next to a vehicle on the shoulder of the road with multiple injuries including lacerations to her face and a partially severed ear.

Responding officers determined the woman and a 77-year-old Puna man were parking the vehicle at his residence in Kalapana Seaview Estates when they were confronted by the woman’s boyfriend. This male party forced himself into the vehicle while holding a meat cleaver in his hand. He then ordered the 77-year-old man to drive toward Highway 137, and struck the driver multiple times on the head with the handle of the cleaver and was striking the female repeatedly with his fists.

After traveling several miles, the suspect ordered the driver to pull over, at which time the driver was able to escape and flee into the bushes. The suspect then took control of the vehicle and continued to drive north on Highway 137 while continuing to strike the female and threatening to kill her. The suspect returned with the woman to an area within Kalapana Seaview Estates where he stopped and dragged the woman out of the car and bit off part of her left ear while continuing to punch and kick her. A passing motorist stopped to assist the woman, and the suspect fled the scene on foot.

Both victims were taken to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries and were later released.

While patrol officers and detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section were investigating the scene, the suspect returned and was arrested in connection with this incident.

On Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Reed Martineau was charged with attempted second degree murder, first degree robbery, two counts of first degree terroristic threatening, kidnapping, first degree assault, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.


Martineau is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $465,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for Monday.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the confrontation or may have other related information, to contact Detective Jesse Kerr at (808) 961-2379 or jesse.kerr@hawaiicounty.gov.

  1. laakoc August 24, 2018 1:13 pm

    Why any bail? I know there are parameters that must be followed but why take a chance they can post bail.

  2. Big Mac August 24, 2018 4:51 pm

    The craziest meth heads on the planet live in Puna. That’s a fact.

    1. Buds4All August 24, 2018 6:24 pm


  3. paul August 25, 2018 5:42 am

    this piece of garbage just needs to be executed….nothing but criminal scumbag…and a judge set bail for this garbage?????come on judge……

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