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Sheriffs catch fugitive who fled as deputies shot at him

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  • Sheriffs arrested Kevin N. Pacheco this morning.

State Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested fugitive Kevin N. Pacheco around noon today in the lobby of a Waikiki hotel and took him to the Queen’s Medical Center after he complained of injuries after his capture.

Pacheco was arrested at the Ocean Resort Hotel on Paoakalani Avenue after deputies got tipped off that he was staying there under an assumed alias, said Clayton Frank, director of the state Department of Public Safety.

Pacheco tried to flee from about eight or nine deputies and was tackled in the lobby, Frank said.

“Force was needed to apprehend him,” he said. “He tried to take off and they had to tackle him.”

Frank said he had no information that would indicate Pacheco was hit by bullets as he fled from deputies trying to arrest him in Waipahu yesterday.

Deputies said they shot at Pacheco after he drove a car toward one of them. Frank said seven or eight shots were fired by one of two officers at the Waipahu scene. The other officer did not discharge his weapon, he said.

Deputies later found the car dotted with bullet holes and abandoned about a mile away.
A state judge issued a warrant for Pacheco’s arrest last month after a grand jury returned an indictment charging him with eight drug offenses.

Frank said that once Pacheco is released from the hospital, he will be taken to Oahu Community Correctional Center to be processed and then will be placed in the custody of Honolulu police.

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