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Suspect charged in Puna Murder. Victim Identified by HPD

by Thunda

Report no.: 20-053931

Hawaiʻi Island Police have charged 65-year-old Isauro Garcia Madrigal, of Orchidland, with murder after an incident that occurred in the driveway of his residence on Thursday evening (July 16). 

The victim has been identified as Felix Ahula Padamada Jr., of Keaau.

After conferring with County Prosecutors, at 1:00 p.m. today (July 18), Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives charged Madrigal with second-degree Murder.  

Madrigal’s charge stems from an incident on Thursday evening (July 16) shortly before 8:30 p.m., when Puna Patrol officers responded to a reported verbal argument at a residence on 37th Avenue in Orchidland. Upon police arrival, Madrigal reported to officers that two males had entered his property and attacked him with a knife. A male victim’s lifeless body was located on the driveway, just inside the fence. No one else was at the scene.    

At 8:55 p.m. Madrigal was arrested at the scene and taken to the Pahoa Police station for processing. He was later taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of an injury on his hand that he reportedly received during the confrontation.

The victim was transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Friday morning (July 17).

On Friday (July 17), an autopsy was performed and determined that the victim died as a result of multiple stab wounds about his neck and upper body. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Madrigal is being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 20) in Hilo District Court.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information about this case to call Detective William Brown of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2379 or William.Brown@hawaiicounty.gov or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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