Man stabbed in dispute

HANALEI — Police are investigating a fight in Hanalei that ended with two men being treated at Wilcox Medical Center Saturday night — one of them with cuts on his left side.

Multiple people were involved, and the two men who were injured have been released from the hospital, according to Kauai Police Department spokeswoman Kim Tamaoka.

She said no arrests have been made.

“Police are still investigating what appears to be an act of self-defense,” Tamaoka said in a Tuesday afternoon news release.

Exactly what happened in a parking lot at about 11:30 p.m. is still being worked out. But according to Paulina Ann Ka‘aumoana, her son, Miles Davis Barsotti, 21, from Kilauea, sustained a six-inch slice on his shoulder, a 10-inch gash across his ribs, a three-inch stab wound on his hip and a four-inch cut to his leg.

He also was cut on his left wrist.

“The worst one was the wrist, because he sliced the wrist all the way around,” Ka‘aumoana said. “He almost lost his hand. It cut all of his tendons except for one and the artery. He’s on morphine right now.”

The other person injured in the altercation was a 28-year-old Moloaa man, whose name has not been released.

A preliminary investigation shows the Moloaa man was physically attacked by multiple subjects in a parking lot, the news release said.

Someone placed a tourniquet on Barsotti’s left arm, Ka‘aumoana said, and for that she is thankful.

“One of the uncles, I’m still trying to find out who, did a tourniquet, and that saved his life,” she said. “He has a huge road to recovery. They had to reattach the tendons in his left hand.”

Anyone with information on the altercation is urged to call KPD dispatch at 241-1711, Lt. Kenneth Cummings at 241-1686, or CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.

Calls to CrimeStoppers can be anonymous.

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