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A tourist has been indicted by the Hawaii County District Attorney’s Office on various charges, including attempted murder.
Richard Lopez, 65, of San Pedro, California, was arrested following a Sept. 1 incident at the Waikoloa Beach Marriot Resort, where he is accused of repeatedly stabbing and injuring his 64-year-old girlfriend in the face and neck.
Lopez was initially charged in district court with attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault, first-degree assault and molestation of a family member. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today, but on Tuesday prosecutors filed charges against Lopez on the same charges.
Prosecutors also announced their intention to seek a mandatory custodial sentence related to detention for crimes against the elderly.
Originally held on $300,000 bail, the indictment states that the 65-year-old will be held with $500,000.
This story will be updated after the hearing.