Big Island men charged for stealing, slaughtering calf

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