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Bank robbery witness has cold feet

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Day Two of the Bank of Guam robbery jury trial got underway today.

The government's case in the jury trial relies mainly on the testimony of a single witness.

As of today however, that witness came down with the case of cold feet.

As we've been reporting, Jathan Tedtaotao, Ricky Mcintosh Jr., Vincent Santos, and Antonio Quitugua were arrested in march for the heist that occurred on the morning of February 6 at the Bank of GUAM YIGO branch.

Tedtaotao and Mcintosh allegedly entered the bank armed with a handgun and stole an estimated $11,000 from teller drawers while Santos is accused of driving the getaway vehicle and Quitugua the accused lookout before the robbery occurred.

This information was provided by Tedtaotao who late last week entered a plea agreement with the government. The deal requires that Tedtaotao testify against his three codefendants in exchange for a total nine year sentence for combined charges for the bank robbery as well as a burglary back in February in which he's accused of stealing firearms from a Yigo home.

Although the court was ready to bring in Tedtaotao to take the oath before a twelve member jury, a court marshal informed Judge James Canto that Tedtaotao wouldn't be taking the stand today. This because Tedtaotao was "concerned about the media and reluctant to testify."

We should note, members of the media were advised prior not to take any photos or video of Tedtaotao on the stand. While the court waited on Tedtaotao's attorney Gerald Gray to arrive, the court heard from two more bank employees. Both bank tellers were able to identify themselves as well as their coworkers in the surveillance footage of that morning, but neither could say much on the identities of the two robbers as both men were wearing masks during the heist.

Also taking the stand today was Guam Police Department Detective Keane Pangelinan. Pangelinan stated today that the only pieces of evidence retrieved in connection to the robbery were a single unexpended bullet found outside the bank as well as a license plate retrieved in the nearby jungle area where the robbers supposedly met up after the crime. Defense attorneys noted that no fingerprints were found on the bullet and the license plate didn't match that of any of the suspects.

On the stand, Pangelinan also talked more about his interview with Quitugua, the alleged lookout before the robbery. Quitugua's vehicle is caught on camera in a colored but blurry still photo taken from the bank atm. When shown the photo, Pangelinan notes Quitugua's words were "Damn dog. You got me. But I swear I didn't rob anyone I promise."

The defense continued to question more GPD officers through the late afternoon on the thoroughness of their investigation, including the whereabouts of Joshua Tedtaotao during the bank robbery.

We should note, Joshua is the brother of Jathan Tedtaotao.

Jury trial will continue on Wednesday where prosecution will make another attempt to get Jathan Tedtaotao to testify.
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