A 65-year-old Aliamanu man accused of murdering his wife is now in police custody.
Isagani Fajotina was released from the hospital on Monday, Feb. 1, and subsequently rearrested by police. His bail was confirmed at $1 million.
At 5:43 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, officers responded to an assault report on Wanaka Street, where they discovered the body of a 65-year-old woman, later identified as his wife, Melita Fajotina.
The Honolulu medical examiner’s office ruled her death as a homicide, and said she died from stab wounds to the neck.
Neighbors woke to the sound of police sirens.
“I heard a lot of cars and slamming of doors and we got up and saw a lot of cops around and I heard my neighbor, they were woken up by the police and asking if they saw somebody,” said neighbor Bernardo Cabuhat.
Paramedics rushed Isagani Fajotina to the hospital in critical condition with apparent stab wounds, EMS said. He survived his injuries.
“There were witnesses to the incident,” said Lt. Phillip Lavarias, Honolulu Police Department. “Homicide detectives are at the scene right now, and they’re interviewing everybody who was at the home at the time.”
Honolulu police briefly closed a portion of Wanaka Street to conduct an initial investigation.
“There was one other individual who was injured when she attempted to intervene, but she was treated and she’s in good condition,” Lavarias said.
Fajotina was arrested for murder shortly after the incident, but released pending further investigation.
Then on Tuesday, Jan. 26, he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder in the second degree and attempted murder in the second degree.
Neighbors described the street as a fairly quiet and safe neighborhood.
“We have parties up and down the street from time to time, but they’re even quiet. They aren’t really boisterous things,” said neighbor Mike Algiers.