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Robbery suspects held on $50,000 cash bail

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Two men charged with robbing a Japanese tourist are being held on $50,000 cash bail. Peter Robert Cruz and Theodore Dwight Borja Nelson are charged with 2nd degree robbery.  According to court documents, the two pulled into the Fiesta Hotel early Wednesday morning.

Cruz allegedly got out of the car, held a tourist at knifepoint and took off with a bag.  Police located the two about an hour later and Cruz claimed to be a police officer.

Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino announced, "2nd degree robbery as a 2nd degree felony as you are convicted, comes with a ten-year sentence in jail and a $10,000 fine. The court agrees therefore with the government that the cash bail is appropriate."

Nelson's attorney, John Terlaje, asked that his client be released on his personal recognizance, saying, "We don't think he's a flight risk. He has no money to speak of to leave Guam and I think the court can set conditions to ensure, whether at home, to ensure he comes to court."

The two remain behind bars pending another hearing, which is set for March 21.

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