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Minor takes the stand in Nimitz Hill home invasion case

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - 16-year-old Kyle Cruz took the stand today in Raymond Tedtaotao's criminal trial, testifying about the Nimitz Hill home invasion that occurred back in April. Cruz said he received a call from Anthony Mendiola, who asked him if he was "down for a mission" to rob a house. 

Cruz detailed how Tedtaotao and Mendiola picked him up in a green pathfinder and they went to a gas station and to the Agana Shopping Center where they met up with a male individual in a red corolla who talked about a house in Nimitz Hill with lots of money and "getting the job done." 

Video surveillance from the Sinajana Mobil gas station showed Cruz in a Nissan Pathfinder with Mendiola and Tedtaotao the night of the home invasion.  Cruz testified that after leaving the gas station the three went to the home on Oceanview Drive and he was told to knock on the door.  When a woman answered the door, Cruz said Tedtaotao armed with an Airsoft gun pushed his arm in and then tackled the victim as she screamed and tried to run away as he and Mendiola went looking for valuables around the house.  

Cruz's testimony is part of a plea deal to get a shortened sentence that would have him out of jail in two years.

The trial resumes on Thursday.

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