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Man indicted in Net liaison

A Kaneohe man who allegedly communicated with a purported 13-year-old on the Internet and agreed to meet with her for sex was indicted yesterday by an Oahu grand jury on a charge of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Anthony Romero, 26, was arrested Sept. 24 at a McCully fast-food restaurant when he showed up for the prearranged meeting. He is among a half-dozen individuals who have been charged under a 2-year-old law that enables law enforcement to pose as underage teens online.

Romero, who is in the military, has no prior convictions.

First-degree electronic enticement of a child is punishable by a 10-year prison term.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Maui inmate sought after slipping away from job


Sheriff's deputies and the Maui Police Department are searching for a Maui Community Correctional Center inmate who did not return from his work furlough assignment at the end of the day on Monday.

Inmate John Kimo Iona, 36, had been working at Maui Disposal as a laborer since July. Maui law enforcement officials said Iona was sentenced in June 1995 for multiple felonies including first-degree robbery, second-degree theft, fourth-degree criminal property damage and two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm. Iona was also sentenced to an additional five years in prison in 1996 for second-degree escape.

A parole hearing was scheduled for Iona in November and his release date was 2014. Maui officials said Iona was denied parole in 2003.

Iona, also known as Robert Carvalho, is described as 5 feet 6 inches, about 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has several facial tattoos, including two teardrops under his right eye and two patterns running under his left eye, with one continuing down his neck.

Anyone with information about Iona's whereabouts is asked to call 911.


6th MidWeek fugitive captured in Salt Lake

The sixth fugitive featured in MidWeek's "Hawaii's Most Wanted" article was arrested in Salt Lake this week.

Prins Alexander, 35, was one of 10 people featured in a front-page article about CrimeStoppers fugitives. The article ran in the Sept. 8 MidWeek.

Working on a CrimeStoppers tip, police arrested Alexander, who was wanted on a parole revocation warrant, on Sept. 28. Alexander has five felony convictions for theft, burglary, car break-ins and criminal property damage.

Boyfriend arrested in woman's stabbing

Police arrested a 21-year-old Kalihi man yesterday morning for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend with a screwdriver.

Police said the 27-year-old woman had gone to 1627 Meyers St., near Fort Shafter, before 1 a.m. to retrieve some belongings when she and the suspect got into an argument outside the house.

Using a screwdriver, the suspect stabbed the woman several times in the back of the head, arms and hands, police said.

Neighbors called police, and the victim told responding officers that the suspect was inside the house. The woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder. However, because the victim's injuries do not appear life-threatening, the attempted-murder offense will probably be lessened to assault, police said.

Police said the suspect's 28-year-old brother was also arrested for first-degree hindering prosecution because he allegedly tried to hide the suspect.

Burglar arrested on contempt warrants

A convicted burglar wanted on two felony contempt warrants was captured by police last week.

The warrants naming Reid Nakatsu, 28, were for failure to appear for burglary trials on Aug. 25.

Almost a month later, police tracked down and arrested Nakatsu on Friday. Nakatsu has a prior burglary conviction and is also wanted for questioning in three burglaries in the Kahala and Hawaii Kai areas between July 26 and Sept. 12.

Suspect charged in vehicle break-in

Honolulu police have charged Charles Unaite with breaking into a car on Merchant Street in July.

Unaite was charged on Saturday and is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. Unaite also has felony convictions for theft and criminal property damage.

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers



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