Big Island police have identified a man arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with a stabbing in Puna on Tuesday afternoon in the Eden Roc subdivision.
The suspect is identified as 34-year-old David True Seal of Mountain View. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.
The victim was officially pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday at Hilo Medical Center. The victim was identified by police as 32-year-old Rory Thompson Wick of Mountain View.
Police say Seal and Wick knew each other.
Seal escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe in December 2009. He was previously charged with sexual assault and kidnapping on Maui, but was acquitted by reason of insanity.
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think. Kenny? A patient who escaped a state mental hospital nearly 4 years ago, has been arrested in connection with a murder on the Big Island. It's a disturbing case of a mentally ill patient with a history of problems.... who remained undetected for years. Tonight, 34 year old David True Seal is sitting in a Hilo cellblock - suspected of stabbing to death an acquaintance Tuesday afternoon in Upper Puna. Big Island Police say it happened here on Pilo Street in the Eden Roc subdivision. But this isn't Seal's first run-in with the law. He was acquitted of sexually assaulting an 8- year old Maui girl in 2002 by reason of insanity-- BUT escaped the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe in December 2009. 35:42 he was able to use protions of fencing and effect his escap to climb existing fencing.;. We ve since made changes to fencing to decresase likelihood that that can occur. Department of Health officials also added security cameras to address the number of alarming escapes.. from 8 in 2009... down to 1 last year. 30:46 number of environmetnal tech=nological and staff proceduce changes made to decrease the risk that any patient can leavge hospital wihtout authorization," Today, police identified the victim as 32 year old RORY THOMPSON WICK of Mountainview. He died at Hilo Medical Center last night after suffering multiple stab wounds. 31:30 tho we may have made improvement we are well aware single instances oculd have trafic consqueences," Since 2004, there have been 49 escapes from the Hawaii State Hospital. KITV has also learned there was a third person at the scene when the stabbing occurred. That person is considered a witness in this case according to Big Island Police ...and has no involvement with the