Saturday, October 24, 1998

Police need help finding
driver who hit solo bike officer
with stolen white Honda

Star-Bulletin staff


A motorist who struck a solo bike officer attempting to flag him down for speeding on Likelike Highway on Thursday will face an attempted-murder charge if caught.

Suspect sketch If convicted, he faces a life sentence without parole.

Officer Jesus Rosalez, who joined the solo bike division in June, is in fair condition with a broken leg in Queen's Medical Center.

"There was no reason for him to do this," said Detective Letha DeCaires, CrimeStoppers coordinator, as she described the suspect's actions in what was meant to be a routine traffic stop. "This is not how we treat police officers trying to pull you over for speeding."

Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver who allegedly abandoned the car, a white Honda, on Holua Way in Kalihi Valley.

The Honda had been stolen a half-hour earlier at Windward Mall. The suspect apparently caught a ride from a stranger in a white Ford pickup truck and got out at Kamehameha Highway and Ahua Street in Mapunapuna.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, and 140 to 160 pounds. He has a fair complexion, short brown hair and wore a white T-shirt, green shorts and slippers.

CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. All calls to 955-8300 are confidential and anonymous.

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