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Cop says Charfauros asked him to "deck a guy"

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The drama at the Guam Police Department continues. With the ongoing feud in the force and yesterday's arrest of Captain Mark Charfauros, a police officer has now come forward, claiming he was asked to assault a Yona man by a high-ranking officer.  

Another police officer has invoked his rights under the Whistleblower Act and is coming forward hoping an unbiased investigation will be conducted into alleged actions of Captain Charfauros. Police Officer II Burt Carbullido wants to clear the record, telling KUAM News, "Unlike some people who get interviewed, I will look at the camera and say I am not a liar. I am not no hitman. And I just come to work to do my job."

Carbullido says he was shocked when he was allegedly solicited by Charfauros back in November to accompany the high-ranking officer to Yona. "The telephone conversation between Mark Charfaruos and myself where he had asked me to go with him to deck somebody, and because it's still an ongoing investigation the only thing I can add is that it's tied to the recent criminal trespass arrest that was effectuated," stated the cop.

As we first reported, Charfauros was trying to rent a home that can only be accessed by passing through Frank Balajadia's property.  Balajadia filed a criminal trespass complaint against Charfauros, after finding him there with Department of Public Works officials. On Wednesday the police captain was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and official misconduct - the latter charge stems from Charfauros allegedly being on duty at the time of the incident.

The division chief of administration vehemently denies trespassing or soliciting another officer, saying, "So if anything was going on in Yona it was all fabricated by Paul Suba and is it tied into me, then of course it's tied into me, it's not tied into the Yona incident but the December performance." He added, "There's nothing I need to do. He can do all his allegations, the beauty about accusing someone, the truth will come out and I don't have to do anything for the truth to come out."

Charfauros has told KUAM News that Carbullido was lying and emotional because he was transferred out to patrol from the Training and Staff Section. Carbullido, however, contends he's telling the truth and believes the transfer was retaliatory as he was notified he would be going out to patrol the same day he was interviewed by Internal Affairs regarding the solicitation request.

He wants to make one thing very clear: "I would like to get the message to Mr. Balajadia that he has no worries coming from me, the officer that was solicited. I'm apologizing on behalf of the police department that we are tarnished by Mark Charfauros." Carbullido added, "I hope, just like every other citizen out there that commits crimes and do wrong, I hope they put him in his place and justice be served."

When asked to give further comment on Carbullido's allegations, Charfauros' attorney, Curtis Van De Veld, told KUAM News that the officer still has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is delusional. Balajadia meanwhile contacted KUAM, concerned that two police officers came to his property on Wednesday afternoon and asking him who asked him to contact the media.  The Yona resident told KUAM he is traumatized and believes police are sending the wrong message. 

Police Chief Fred Bordallo meanwhile confirms he asked the CID officers to go to Balajadia's home and ask him who told him to call the media.  Bordallo contends the question needed to be answered in order for police to wrap-up their investigation into the criminal trespass complaint to ensure there was no outside interference by anyone to have him disclose his complaint.

Of note is that Captain Charfauros through his attorney, Curtis Van De Veld, claimed that the arrest on Wednesday was made at the direction of GPD Investigations Bureau Chief Major Fred Chargualaf, who was, "Trying to get a leg up on his employment", as he is vying for the police commander position, along with Captain Charfauros.  Major Chargualaf responded to our request for comment by saying, "the arrest was effectuated and will be forwarded to the Guam Attorney General's Office.

Because this is an ongoing criminal and internal investigation, I can't comment on them." As for the claim regarding the commander's position, the police major told KUAM News, "that is an attorney's defense theory for his client. I respect the attorney/client privilege and that the issues herein will be addressed through the adjudication process."

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