Puna woman, 45, arrested in stabbing case

Victim was flown to Oahu in critical condition

Published  2:34 PM HST Mar 25, 2013
HILO, Hawaii -

A Puna woman was arrested over the weekend in connection with a stabbing in the Ainaloa Estates subdivision, according to Big Island police.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a man screaming for help.

They found the victim, a 31-year-old Puna man, lying on the side of Ainaloa Boulevard with knife wounds to his wrist and abdomen.  He was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Police investigation revealed that the victim had been in a domestic argument with 45-year-old Heidi Leialoha Lewis, who reportedly hit him with a broomstick and stabbed him multiple times.

Lewis was arrested at a home on Hibiscus Street.  She was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section, which is responsible for domestic abuse investigations, continued the investigation.

Later Saturday, the victim was transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition for additional treatment.  His condition was upgraded to serious condition Sunday afternoon.

At 1:21 p.m. Sunday, detectives charged Lewis with abuse of a family or household member and first-degree assault.  Her bail was set at $6,000. She remained in the cellblock until her initial court appearance on Monday.

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