Trouble in paradise.
John Ali Hoffman, a 49-year-old Hawaii resident, has been arrested in connection with three murders after police responded to a home that he was driving away from with blood dripping from the trunk of his car. The evidence led police to a woman's body that was stuffed inside.
Police also found a gun, believed to be the murder weapon, in the front seat of the car. Officers then found two dead children inside the house. Police Captain Robert Wagner said, "[It] looks like they were all living in the same house." Hoffman's relationship to the three victims is still unclear, though he is presumed to have been in a relationship with the woman.
A man who lived next door to Hoffman told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that he would sometimes hear arguments coming from the home. "I do know they were not a happy couple over there," Tim Mullins said. "They would argue and fight, and I would hear it from time to time. But before it go too bad, it would quiet out." Mullins added that on the night of the murders, Mullins did hear a disturbance but did not hear gunshots.
A crime this grisly is rare, not only for the community, but for the entire Island. Police Chief Wagner said, "I can't remember having one before. It's definitely unique."
(Photo: Associated Press/ KGMB)
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