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Emotions run high as witnesses recall DeSoto's rampage

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Emotions run high in the courtroom with witnesses in tears as they remember the horrific night of February 12, 2013.       

Sixteen months may have passed but Kaylani Quichocho still can't understand what caused her close high school friend, defendant Chad DeSoto, to go on a rampage through Tumon. As she pointed herself out on surveillance footage late this afternoon, others were running away from DeSoto, but the familiarity of the car that had just struck the ABC Store drew her closer to the scene where DeSoto then darted out of his vehicle and began stabbing nearby tourists.


"When he turned around, I realized who he was...he came towards me. I tried to call his name...he was coming at me like he didn't know who I was," she said as she struggled to hold back her tears. "I was asking him, do you remember me? Chad it's me." she cried, but the crazy expression she saw on his face showed he didn't recognize her, prompting her to run for her life towards Jungle Java coffee shop.

Photo evidence presented today shows Quichocho was stabbed in the back of her neck. As she reported today, she fell as DeSoto attacked her, saving her from a much more devastating injury.

Also taking the stand was Emma Dela Cruz who was already in tears prior to prosecution's questions.

As she managed to tell the court mid sobs, she was outside the outrigger with friends enjoying coffee from Jungle Java.

"We were drinking coffee and suddenly...I'm sorry. I don't know what's going on. One of my friends stand up. And I stand up also and there's a car speeding towards the establishment and I see from Jungle Java all the way from Falli Falli Gucci Coach and ABC," she said.

When she realized the man was using a knife to attack a nearby Japanese family, she ran for her life into the hotel.

While many like Dela Cruz ran from the imminent danger, others like Isidro Tinoso, an Outrigger waiter, were the unsung heros of that night. Tinoso remembers seeing a rush of people frantically coming up both sides of the hotel escalator, prompting him to check the ground level.

Taking off his shirt and using it as a guard, he immediately saw DeSoto stabbing at the Japanese family and chased after him. "I remember tackling him and being on top of him," he said. "I was on top of him holding his two arms. He still had the knife. I hit his hand on the ground."

Also taking the stand was G4S Security guard Ruben Ignacio. Ignacio states that once DeSoto was tackled, he used pepper spray to disarm DeSoto and stepped on his hand where he then kicked the knife out of DeSoto's reach.

One of the last to take the stand today was medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola. Espinola detailed the fatal injuries of Hitoshi Yokota, the man who was struck by DeSoto's car. Espinola says the victim died of a broken neck, broken back, and crushed chest. Trial will continue tomorrow where jurors will walk through the Tumon site.
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