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Police need your help to solve weekend robberies

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Christmas holiday may be over, but criminals are still on the lookout for easy targets to steal from.  This weekend was no exception as police responded to three robberies.  While one arrest was made, they are seeking the public's help in locating the suspects. 

The Guam Police Department responded to three robberies over the weekend and are cautioning the public to aware of their surroundings to prevent becoming a victim of a crime. Spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia says around two o'clock on Saturday morning, a Norwegian woman reported to the Hagatna Precinct that she had been robbed after hitching a ride as she walked up the hill toward Bishop Flores Loop.

Balajadia explained, "She had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend they were at a club and she decided to walk and she was offered a ride and she got into the vehicle. And it turned out she was robbed."

Police say a Caucasian woman was driving the white SUV and a man with a full beard and dark complexion pulled out a gun and demanded money from the woman who only had a bank card. "There was no money in the ATM, so ultimately the suspects took her cell phone and dropped her off at the Agana Swimming Pool," the officer detailed.

Less than an hour later police were called to Tumon Heights here a woman reported being robbed at knifepoint as she tried to enter her home.  She reported to police that a man came up from behind her and put her in a choke hold and then used a knife to cut the strap of her purse.  He was seen running toward Tumon Heights Road and turning on Mamis Street towards Ypao Breeze Inn.  Patrol officers and the Criminal Justice Task Force were able to apprehend 32-year-old Tomas Toves Quichocho of Sinajana.  He was charged with robbery, conspiracy, guilt established by complicity and assault.

On Sunday night, two tourists reported walking on Marine Corps Drive just before midnight with a male minor, when they were approached by two heavyset men who grabbed their reusable shopping bags that contained cash and their wallets the individuals were wearing black clothing and a black hoodie.  They fled in a dark colored medium sized truck north on marine drive. Both women received scratches to their legs after they were dragged on the ground.  Police say the suspects also assaulted the boy.

While the holidays are over, Balajadia says criminals are still on the lookout for the vulnerable and the holidays are always a time where police see a spike in crime. "We do have additional officers out on the street," he said. "We have Operation Dragon, as well as the Criminal Justice Task Force, as well as the Police Reserves. Again, we put out that message before the holidays for the public to be mindful of the conditions around them. If they feel somebody might be suspicious, to just be aware of that take note and if they don't feel comfortable going to their vehicles especially when it's dark; have a store employee or security guard walk you to your vehicle.

"It's the simple things that will keep you safe."

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