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SWAT swarms Mangilao house

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Hostage negotiators and SWAT were activated to respond to an incident in Mangilao. It's usually a peaceful in the central village, as one resident said "Everybody's quiet here, we don't bother each other."

But according that resident, who asked not be identified and has lived on Maga Lane for 20 years, he's not surprised about today's incident at his neighbor's house. "I am not afraid because the guy is nice but as I said he is mental and they have to call the cops to stop him," he shared. "I think this is the second or third time [they've called the cops to his house]."

Guam Police Department spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia said, "We received a call of a disturbance, a man with a knife...officers came on scene and discovered a male adult barricaded himself with in his residence. He did not have a hostage, he was by himself and the neighbors contacted police about this situation."

Balajadia confirms 31-year-old Randy Torno argued with a family member, which resulted in a one man receiving minor cut injuries. "It doesn't appear that he tried to attack a family member but it appears a family member was injured trying to take a knife from the suspect," he said, also confirming that the incident apparently was to stop an altercation.

GPD's SWAT unit, the Hostage Negotiation Team as well as Guam Fire Department personnel were all on scene trying to reason with Torno, eventually using a flash grenade to get him out. Authorities kept the public back about 100 feet from his home where the man had barricaded himself. Once SWAT gained entry, they reclassified the disturbance call to a person in need of service. At this time Balajadia says no arrests will be made.

Torno was taken to the Department of Mental Health to undergo an evaluation to determine if he has a medical or drug abuse problem. He will be observed for the next 72 hours.

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