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Escaped Furlough Inmate Located

December 7, 2015, 4:04 PM HST
* Updated December 7, 4:07 PM
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Joshua Lopes-Keli, 26, who was wanted for a furlough violation as a Hawai’i Community Correctional Center inmate, was located on Saturday.

Lopes-Keli was taken into custody after being spotted by officers as a passenger of a car in the parking lot of a building on Rainbow Drive in Hilo just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Michaela Pacyao. HPD photo.

Michaela Pacyao. HPD photo.

The driver, 23-year-old Waikoloa woman Michaela Pacyao, was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.

As officers attempted to arrest the pair, Lopes-Keli reportedly attempted to retrieve a semi-automatic pistol from the vehicle. The weapon was removed by officers, and after a short foot chase, Lopes-Keli was arrested.

The pair was taken to the Hilo police cellblock as Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives continued to investigate the incident.


Later Saturday, Pacyao was charged with failure to appear. Her bail was set at $150.


Lopes-Keli was charged with escape, violating terms of furlough, terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing a detrimental drug, possessing drug paraphernalia, and five firearms offenses. He was returned to HCCC with no bail on the furlough violation charge. The remaining charges have a bail set at $104,000.

Pacyao and Lopes-Keli were both scheduled to make their initial court appearances on Monday.


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