by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Steve Vincent Zapata will answer to a single charge of making a false statement today in the U.S. District Court of Guam. Zapata was released from federal custody on Tuesday as the U.S. Attorney's Office was unable to prove that he was a threat to the community. He was under investigation for more than a week to determine whether he had ties to terrorism.
Zapata told KUAM News he came to Guam to be a tourist and get a job here. He is accused of lying to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents about how many bags he brought with him to Guam. The 50-year-old recently traveled to the island after spending more than a month in Pakistan.
A federal grand jury indicted the man on Wednesday and he is scheduled to answer to the charge during an arraignment hearing this afternoon in the District Court.