by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Two men and a 16-year-old who are charged in connection with a brutal home invasion in Piti appeared before Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino today. Raymond Tedtaotao, Anthony Paul Mendiola and Kyle James Cruz are accused of forcing their way into a Nimitz Hill home. Tedtaotao allegedly tied a woman up and beat her leaving her unconscious while the teen gathered clothes and a camera and Mendiola stole two laptops from the house.
The victim sustained serious brain trauma and underwent neurosurgery as a result of the beating. Today Mendiola pled not guilty to the charges and asserted his right to a speedy trial. Public Defender Eric Miller represents Tedtaotao and said, "We'll waive reading of the indictment enter a plea of not guilty, demand all discovery and Laxamana notes, a jury of twelve and he is asserting his right to a speedy trial."
Mendiola and Tedtaotao are scheduled to appear back in court next week Tuesday for a criminal trial setting in front of Judge Maria Cenzon.
Cruz meanwhile was appointed an attorney and is scheduled to answer to the criminal charges next Wednesday. All three are being held behind bars on $500,000 cash bail.
It's the second of its kind happening this year. The Department of Youth Affairs hosting its youth services outreach event over the weekend. DYA partnering with other government and non-profit organizations to put on the event for our youngsters. The goal - to provide services and information to families who are not aware of the resources available to them in the community. It's efforts officials say is being offered to help keep kids out of trouble.More >>