Waipahu acupuncturist murder suspect left trail of clues

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — A criminal complaint outlines the numerous steps taken by investigators over the past month to link 34-year-old Eric Thompson to the murder of a Waipahu acupuncturist.

Jon Tokuhara was shot and killed in his business on January 12. One of the many details released by police on Tuesday is that Tokuhara’s mother was expecting him for dinner the night he was killed.

The next morning, she went to Waipahu Family Acupuncture Clinic to pick him up and found his body.

Court records indicate that police found three shell casings.

Police said surveillance cameras showed a man in a white Chevrolet Silverado entering the clinic that night for just 45 seconds. Detectives found 53 similar vehicles on Oahu and one by one tracked down their owners.

They say the only one without an alibi was Thompson. who is the founder of Island Bath Works and a graduate of Kalani High and the University of Hawaii.

Another clue: a surveillance video showed that the driver of this truck had dropped his hat in the street. A homeless man later picked it up and criminologists were able to test it.

Police also detailed his alleged motive – an affair.

A 2017 Midweek article described the Thompsons as high school sweethearts. The criminal complaint said she and Tokuhara had a sexual relationship last summer until Thompson found out.

“If that’s the case, then you’re looking at two or three degrees of separation between victim and suspect,” said HNN law enforcement analyst Tommy Aiu. “People will do very desperate things.”

Aiu said the fact that Tokuhara was shot several times indicates a crime of passion.

Police said phone records show Tokuhara and Thompson’s wife exchanged explicit photos before all communication stopped in July. It is unknown what happened between that date and Tokuhara’s death in January.

But detectives think they have more than enough evidence that Thompson pulled the trigger.

“So the fact that HPD had to find and go through this wealth of information, all the details, all the clues, the finances, identify a suspect and possibly issue a search warrant and make an arrest, I think that’s exceptional,” said Aiu.

Police said they recovered 12 firearms registered in Thompson as well as two unregistered in Hawaii.

Thompson has posted $1 million bond and is due back in court Thursday.

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