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Raid and arrests thwart planned robbery

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - The Criminal Justice Strike Force has reason to believe three arrests made on Friday night prevented a planned armed robbery and a homicide over the weekend.    

It was a busy weekend for local and federal investigators who uncovered a stolen rocket launcher off Swamp Road on Friday night.

"The Criminal Justice Strike Force received information about a rocket launcher possibly being out there in the community," said Guam Police Department spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia.

As a result of the Dededo raid and three arrests made that night, Officer Balajadia says the community was spared other serious crimes over the weekend.

"The night of warrant, there was supposed to be an armed robbery committed at a game room located on Route 16. So that didn't happen because the team moved in and apprehended these individuals. They also had planned according to our information, to commit a homicide over the weekend. Of course that didn't happen because these individuals were taken into custody by our strike force," he said.

According to court documents, Donald Aldan fled into the nearby jungle but was quickly apprehended by officers. On him, Aldan was holding drug paraphernalia in his pockets, including a four-inch long cut plastic straw with crystalline residue inside. Aldan called this residue "keki" otherwise known as methamphetamine or Ice, which he says he received from Ivan Cabrera.

Cabrera was also found at the Dededo residence. On him, officers found a glass pipe with Ice residue and another pipe with marijuana. This on top of other drug paraphernalia and multiple types of small arms ammunition officers discovered at the scene.

Once apprehended, Cabrera agreed to lead officers to where he placed a "rocket launcher" after the attempted sale of the item failed to go through.

Court documents state the "trainer handling guided missile launcher" was stolen from Kunsan Air Base in Korea.

Because the launcher is only used for training purposes, it was concluded it would not explode, but could cause "significant damage" and was "capable of firing a projectile that could possibly be operational."

Aldan is being charged with possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and also disclosed to officers that he had an outstanding warrant of arrest and failed to report to his parole officer. Cabrera is charged with distribution of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance, possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance and theft by receiving stolen property.

Johnny San Nicolas was also discovered at the Dededo residence and arrested on charges unrelated to the rocket launcher. San Nicolas is the suspect in a Tumon purse snatching last month and was held at the department of corrections on an outstanding child support bench warrant.

Meanwhile, the rocket launcher is now in the custody of U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation.

"This case is ongoing. Other individuals may be brought into custody and charged in connection with these cases. 0235 we are working closely with OSI and also some federal charges may also be also pending in regards to that rocket launcher," he said.

There is no word how the rocket launcher ended up on Guam. Due to the ongoing investigation officials at Andesen Air Force Base were not able to comment. 

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