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Tourists identified Tumon robbers

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Two men were arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday night.  Quick reporting and closed circuit television footage helped police act fast in apprehending the responsible.   

Just after midnight three Japanese tourists approached police reporting a robbery that occurred by the fiesta resort. Guam Police Department Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia says the men provided information about the suspect's vehicle and police acted quickly. "The officers met with G4s security in the hotel there and was able to view the video which showed a silver colored truck with a male individual getting out and approaching the individuals and those individuals running back, chasing after the guy that came out of the truck," he said.

Less than an hour after the robbery, Criminal Justice Strike Force personnel conducted a vehicle pull over in Harmon near American Bakery on Route 16.  Inside the silver Ford Ranger they found 23-year=-old Theodore Dwight Borja Nelson and 35-year-old Peter Robert Cruz, who the victim identified as the man who robbed him at knifepoint.

"The victim was transported and was able to positively identify the individual as being the one who robbed them." Balajadia confirmed.

Nelson and Cruz were charged with 2nd degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal facilitation, and guilt established by complicity.  Cruz also faces additional charges of assault on a police officer, impersonating a police officer and hindering apprehension.

Balajadia continued, "This particular suspect identified to the Task Force that he was a police officer assigned to the Dededo Precinct. Because everybody knows pretty much who works for us, so we knew that not to be true. Also there was question about the clothing he was wearing. In the video he was wearing a different article of clothing and when the driver, the other suspect was questioned, he did identify that suspect as having previously having worn something different. So when being questioned, he became irate and shoved one of the officers."

Balajadia confirms that Cruz applied for the 17th Police Reserve Cycle but was not selected following a background investigation.

Both Cruz and Nelson are scheduled to appear before a magistrate judge on Thursday.

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