Hawaii Acupuncturist In Apparent Love Triangle Shot Dead After Patient’s Husband Discovers Affair
Jon Tokuhara was murdered six months after he and the suspect’s wife stopped seeing each other, detectives say.
A murder suspect in Hawaii is accused of fatally shooting his wife’s acupuncturist who began having an affair with her after she became a patient, authorities said.
According to Honolulu police, Jon Tokuhara, 47, was fatally shot in his office at Tokuhara Acupuncture and Healthcare in Waipahu on Jan. 12.
The following day, Tokuhara’s mother went to the practice and discovered his body, states a criminal complaint obtained by Hawaii News Now.
At the crime scene, investigators recovered three bullet casings as well as nearby surveillance video from the day of the murder that allegedly shows a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup arriving at the victim’s office and a man entering the building with a shopping bag and staying inside for 48 seconds.
Detectives tracked down the owners of 53 similar Silverados on Oahu, which led them to identify 34-year-old Eric Thompson as a suspect in the case. According to the complaint, Thompson was the only one without an alibi for around the time Tokuhara was fatally shot.
Surveillance video also shows the Silverado’s driver drop a hat, which police were able to test after they found a homeless man who had picked it up.
Police said they believe Thompson’s wife and the acupuncturist started their affair last summer after she began going to him for treatment for back pain and fertility issues but ended it in July after Thompson found out, KITV reported.
The wife and Tokuhara, police said, exchanged explicit photos and messages with each other on Instagram during their alleged relationship.
Thompson was arrested on Feb. 14 and released after he posted $1 million bail.
At a Jan. 20 candlelight vigil, KHON-TV reported, Gina Letourneur called her paddling teammate Tokuhara “the most beautiful person” who “was like an angel on earth”
“He’s an amazing doctor and acupuncturist, and he’s helped so many people,” noted the victim’s childhood friend, Nicole Trazo. “He just has that special healing touch. He has so many friends…He’s a great brother, loving uncle and he’s that guy that never let you down.”