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Teen to be charged as adult for armed robberies

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - When you were 16, you probably just got you driver's license, enjoying high school and probably spent a lot of time hanging out with friends. But one teen faces ten years behind bars as he's accused in a crime spree of robbing several individuals at gunpoint.

Francis Jerome Taisacan spent his birthday Tuesday in a cell at the Department of Youth Affairs and today appeared in the Superior Court, where he was charged as an adult with three counts of robbery as a 2nd degree felony. Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Vasiliades said, "The nature of the request is based on a serious allegations, the length of potential incarceration should he be convicted of these charges, the alleged abuse of what appeared to be a deadly weapon at the time, the charge of three robberies and the fact that there were a potential flight risk from all three crime scenes."

Guam Police Department Investigations Bureau Operations Chief Lieutenant Scott Wade says the big break in the case came from the hard work of a diligent patrol officer who was able to lead them to Derek James Santos, who eventually rolled and led authorities to Taisipic and his guardians, Chalan Pago couple Eddie and Josephine Castro. The Castros were charged with theft by receiving stolen property and hindering apprehension. 

The latter charge stems from the couple providing false statements to authorities about Francis' whereabouts on the morning of the June 12 robbery at the Ebenezer Store in Yona. "Through our investigation and intelligence we were able to determine that that was false and he (Taisapic) later confessed to that robbery, the robbery of High 57 in Maite and the robbery of Mermaid Tavern," Wade explained.

Taisapic admitted to being recruited by Santos for the robberies and explained how he robbed the three individuals at gunpoint. His guardians admitted to police that they received $170 cash and four packs of cigarettes from the Yona robbery. The AG's Office had asked that the couple be held on $10,000 cash bail each.  Because of two prior arrests, Judge Alberto Tolentino ordered that Eddie remain behind bars while Josephine was released because it was her first arrest.

As for Taisacan, he was appointed an attorney and is behind held on $120,000 cash bail.  All three defendants are scheduled to appear back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 8.

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