Man arrested in connection with Big Island murder

Big Island Police
Big Island Police

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Big Island Police are investigating a shooting in the Puna area that left one person dead.

The incident happened at about 2:20 p.m. Monday at a home on Maui Street in the Nanawale Estates subdivision.

When police arrived to the scene, they found the body of a male victim within the residence.

After further investigation, police learned that another man was seen leaving the residence in a dark-colored pickup truck.

Police then issued an island wide all-points bulletin for the truck and its operator, who was identified as a suspect.

At about 4:40 p.m. police arrested 43-year-old Seon Keoni Aki at a home in Hawaiian Paradise Park on suspicion of second-degree murder.

On Tuesday, police identified the victim as 40-year-old Mateo Balinbin, Jr. of Nanawale Estates.

Aki is being held at the cellblock without charges while detectives continue their investigation.

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