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Jury selected for Yigo bank robbery case

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Three months have passed since the Bank of Guam Yigo branch was robbed $11,000 by two masked men. The jury has been selected and the parties began to plead their case late this afternoon.

It was 10 in the morning on February 6 when the Yigo Bank of Guam was hit by robbers.

As prosecutor Brian Gallagher addressed the jury of twelve this afternoon, he described each of the four defendants and their alleged roles in the heist.

Citing bank surveillance footage, Gallagher states Ricky Mcintosh Jr. acted as the masked man holding the gun and Jathan Tedtaotao as the masked man holding the backpack. Not caught on camera, prosecution alleges Vincent Santos conspired as the getaway driver and Antonio Quituga the lookout before the robbery occurred. All of this based off information provided by Tedtaotao who entered a plea agreement with the government last week.

"The evidence is very simple as you will hear this very short incident took some planning, some conspiracy and that's basically it. Four guys got together, they made a plan, they were going to rob the Bank of Guam, two went in, one with a gun 9mm and you'll see one of the rounds because the gun was dropped and one of the rounds fell out. It was recovered by the police you'll see that. One guy took the bag and took roughly $11,000," he said.

Although Tedtaotao may have dodged a jury trial, Mcintosh, Santos, and Quitugua maintain their innocence.

Defense attorney Sam Teker represents Mcintosh. He said, "The government, the police never found the gun. No gun was found on anyone. No fingerprints on the bullet. No fingerprints of any of these gentlemen were found by the government tying these men to the crime. No DNA was found. No clothing was found. The masks weren't found. The money taken from the bank was never found."

But it's not just evidence the government is lacking. As Teker notes that on five different occasions, Tedtaotao changed the story he gave to police. "Jathan Tedtaotao repeatedly lied to the police in order to save his skin so I'm going to let you determine how much creditability you want to give their star witness," he said.

Defense attorney Leevin Camacho who represents Santos also made opening statements while Quitugua's Attorney Edward Han reserved opening statements.

Later this afternoon, prosecution called on Bank of Guam Yigo branch manager Katherine Martir who described how shaken up she and her staff were from the incident.

Jury trial continues on Tuesday.
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