Domestic murder in the Pacific

Zenaida Dumaslan and her boyfriend Ronante Aquino had been dating since about 2002. Family has said they dated off and on. In 2004, Dumaslan filed for a temporary restraining order against Aquino, which expired two years ago. Records reportedly show that Dumaslan filed for the protection order, then filed a motion to withdraw. However, the judge ordered the protection order anyway. Reportedly Aquino was also ordered to take domestic violence classes and to undergo an alcohol assement at that time. Relatives say they thought things had been going better for the couple.

As recently as Friday Dumaslan’s sister-in-law had the couple over for dinner. “She came to the kitchen she just told me, oh I cannot use the phone anymore if someone calls me because Ronante is watching me”  The sister-in-law denys seeing any abuse, but says that Dumaslan told her “She don’t tell me Ronante hit her or nothing.  She just told me when he’s drunk he’s crazy, that’s it.” And she says she saw him drinking beer Friday night.

Allegedly just after 4 am Saturday morning, Aquino walked into the police station and told them he had had an incident with his girlfriend and he gave them the address where she lived with her father and 5 year old son. Police were sent to the home, and they found Dumaslan on the kitchen floor, dead from multiple stab wounds. Reportedly she had been stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Dumaslan’s elderly father and 5 year old son may have witnessed the crime, but they were not injured.

Aquino has been charged with 2 nd degree murder. According to court records, Aquino was drunk when he went into the police station.

Hawaii has been undergoing an increase in domestic violence murders this year. Already there have been more domestic murders than in each year of the last few years. And reportedly reports of abuse are way up, but the number of arrests are way down.  

Experts say that women return to their abusers an average of 11 times, before they finally get out, reportedly that is almost twice the number of times as on the mainland. Financial reasons are thought to play a part in that. Reports also indicate that temorary restraining orders are violated more than half the time.



Police were called to a home where they found 27 year old George Dixon on the garage floor of the home, dead from a stab wound.

Present were Dixon’s ex-girlfriend, who lived at the home, and her daughter and the daughter’s 18 year old boyfriend.

According to police, their investigation indicates that Dixon was arguing with his ex-girlfriend. At some point he then began beating her with his fists. Her daughter attempted to intervene and he began beating her also.

At that point the 18 year old boyfriend tried to pull Dixon off the two women, but was unable to do so. The daughter’s boyfriend then grabbed a knife and stabbed the man twice in the back.  Dixon then collapsed on the garage floor.

Dixon was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No charges have been filed and the reports are being sent to the prosecutor’s office for evaluation.

An angry or raging person tends to focus on the object of that rage. They will usually not pay attention to how others present may be reacting to their anger. They often will not allow them to intervene and if they attempt to do so, they may become involved in the attack if they get between the attacker and the victim.

In this case, luckily the boyfriend was present. At 18 years old, he was forced to kill, in the defense of two others.