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Bomb threat linked to Yigo bank robbery

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - An investigation has been launched following a bomb threat in Sagan Linayan, Dededo on Saturday night. The bomb threat has been linked to two of the defendants in the Bank of Guam robbery.

Over 100 Dededo families were forced to pick up and leave their homes early Saturday evening. "This is the first time I ever heard we have a bomb threat on this area," said Dededo vice mayor Peter Benavente. He told KUAM News that the suspicious package that prompted the evacuation was found in the pavilion area.

"I was called in because of a bomb threat on Sagan Linayan and Homeland Security called me in to come over and see what we have to do here to evacuate our people. So what happened is we evacuated Sagan Linayan and Dollar House," he explained. "And we estimate close to eight to 100 people that was evacuated down to Astumbo Elementary School. So they can be on the safe side."

According to Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense spokesperson Alyssa Benito, the bomb threat was called in around 7:30 p.m. from a man who threatened that if Ricky Mcintosh Jr. and Jathan Tedtaotao weren't released from jail, the bomb would go off at the Dollar Housing.

As we've been reporting, Tedtaotao and Mcintosh were arrested in march for allegedly robbing the Bank of Guam in February. Although Mcintosh was acquitted of all robbery related charges last week both men are still behind bars.

While Mcintosh is detained at the Agana Lockup and Tedtaotao at DepCor in Mangilao, emergency response officials reported to the Dededo scene along with the military's bomb squad where the suspicious package was initially found. The all-clear was given at 3am Sunday morning.

GPD spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia said, "Whatever evidence was confiscated from the scene has been taken by the FBI and sent for analysis and we continue to work with the FBI as a joint investigation between the Guam Police Department's Criminal Investigation and the FBI on this particular case."
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