By JOHN BURNETT
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Police have arrested the girlfriend of a Hilo general contractor who was stabbed to death early Monday morning at the Kaumana home where the couple lived.
Cherie Sueko Moskwa, 37, of Hilo was arrested at 7:17 p.m. Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder for the death of 38-year-old Lloyd Rubio.
“A weapon has been recovered,” Lt. Greg Esteban of the Police Criminal Investigations Section said Tuesday evening.
Moskwa had not been charged as of press time on Tuesday and remains in police custody while detectives continue to investigate. Police have 48 hours from the time of arrest to charge her with the crime, or must, by law, release her pending further investigation.
Esteban said a motive for the stabbing “is being investigated.”
A search of Hawaii court records turned up no prior convictions for Moskwa.
Esteban said that Moskwa made the 911 call that officers and Fire Department medics responded to at 5:19 a.m. on Monday. Esteban declined to divulge the content of the call to dispatch, but said that Rubio was found “unresponsive.” Rubio was pronounced dead at 7:11 a.m. Monday at Hilo Medical Center.
Esteban said there were children in the home at the time, but wouldn’t say whose children they were.
He said that one neighbor heard a voice coming from the home, but none reported hearing an altercation.
Preliminary findings of an autopsy conducted Tuesday morning are that Rubio died of a stab wound to the abdomen with an injury to the aorta, the largest artery in the body, police said. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
Detectives are also awaiting additional toxicological finding, according to a written police statement. Those findings could take several weeks.
Rubio was the owner of Big Island Construction, and won the Tribune-Herald’s Best of East Hawaii reader’s poll for Best Contractor/Builder for 2011.
“It deeply saddens me, that someone could do such a thing to such a wonderful, talented young man,” one poster wrote on Big Island Construction’s Facebook page.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Email John Burnett at email@example.com.