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Extreme road rage ends in attempted murder charges

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - An extreme case of road rage lands three adults in prison - two of whom are charged with attempted murder.

It wasn't your typical Sunday stroll through the village.  

"Apparently they were heading towards Mangilao. Came to a traffic light at Mai Mai at Route 4. Both vehicles executed a left turn into the roadway at Mai Mai heading towards the Department of Corrections," said Guam Police Department's supervisor for Crimes Against Persons Allan Guzman.

The incident, which involved a Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla, occurred in broad daylight.

According to Guzman, nearby residents reported hearing gunshots and engines revving.

"As the Altima went passed the vehicle, he then witnessed the passenger of the Toyota Corolla appear to be pointing a weapon towards his direction. The driver of the Altima then hears gunshots being fired at his vehicle," he said.

Witnesses described the vehicles and reported their license plates numbers. The information led to the arrest of Bernard Muna on Sunday and Matthew Santos Monday evening.

Muna is believed to be the driver of the Corolla and Santos the alleged passenger and shooter.

Guzman reports damage to the Altima's right passenger window and the driver's side window shattered. Although no one was hurt, he says plenty of lives were at stake as he notes the Altima had three occupants - the adult driver and two minor passengers.

"If that bullet had struck any one of the three occupants, you're looking at murder. If someone was killed or died. It was broad daylight. Its very lucky bystanders were not struck. People were out. It's a Sunday. People were cutting their grass or even outside their residence. And it is a residential area where the shots were fired," he said.

Muna and Santos appeared before Magistrate's Judge Alberto Tolentino Tuesday afternoon. Both men charged with attempted murder and each held on one-million dollars cash bail.

"If you are convicted of attempted murder, that's a minimum of fifteen years to life in prison with a special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon that adds a minimum mandatory five to twenty five years," he said.

Claradina Muna was also arrested on Monday for hindering apprehension and obstructing government functions.

Earlier today the victim, 23-year-old Sergio Alan Borja was also booked and released. His charges stem from endangering the minor passengers in his vehicle as well as participating in drag racing activities.
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