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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted at 12:17 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Furlough center inmates missing

Two men serving the last six months of their prison terms were discovered missing today from the Laumaka Work Furlough Center in Kalihi. Michael Rosado, 28, and Rockford Matsuura, 22, are considered to be escapees although Laumaka is a minimum-security facility.

Laumaka's population is made up of community custody inmates or short-timers who are allowed to work in the community. Rosado and Matsuura were due to be released in December and November, respectively, said O'ahu Community Correctional Center Warden Francis Sequeira.

The two men were present at a 10 p.m. bed check yesterday but were discovered missing at 2 a.m. today.

Rosado was convicted of attempted murder and burglary. He has been in prison since February 1993. Matsuura has been incarcerated since August 1998 for armed robbery and auto theft. The escape will likely result in both men being sent back to the Halawa Correctional Facility, Sequeira said.

Tourists robbed, vehicle stolen

Police sketch of robber.
Police are seeking information about a man who robbed a tourist couple at gunpoint Wednesday at Birthing Stones in Wahiawa.

The robber drove off in the couple's tan 2002 Nissan sedan with the license No. HBG448 that has not been recovered. The robbery was reported at 12:40 p.m.

The robber is in his mid-20s with a husky build. He is about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Brian Johnson at 692-4602 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Big Island man killed in crash

A 60-year-old Pepe'ekeo man died yesterday at Hilo Medical Center after being injured in a traffic collision Wednesday night on Volcano Highway, south of Ikaika Street in Hilo.

Big Island police identified the victim as Pedro Pacheco.

Pacheco was thrown from his motorcycle when it was rear-ended by a 2002 Nissan Sentra at about 11:15 p.m., police said. While he was on the ground, Pacheco was hit by a 2002 Toyota Corolla. Pacheco was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center at 1:15 a.m. yesterday.

No one else was injured, police said.

Yesterday's death was the Big Island's 12th traffic fatality of the year.