Big Island men charged for stealing, slaughtering calf

Lonnie Knutson (left) and Jason Williams (right).

Big Island police have charged two men in connection with the theft of a calf over the weekend in the Hamakua District.

On Sunday at about 11:30 a.m., police were contacted by a 54-year-old Honokaa resident, who reported that while checking his pasture land on private property, he discovered two individuals on the property and in possession of a firearm, along with a portion of a calf carcass that had recently been slaughtered.

The remaining carcass was recovered by police and was identified by its owner.

Later that afternoon, police arrested 22-year-old Lonnie James Knutson and 25-year-old Jason James Williams.

The men were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

On Monday, detectives charged Knutson and Williams with one count each of livestock theft, a class C felony.

Their bail was set at $2,000 each.

Both men were scheduled to make their initial court appearance on Tuesday.

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