Despite release, Zapata indicted by grand jury
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Steve Vincent Zapata was indicted today by a federal grand jury, being charged with making a false statement. Zapata was released from federal custody on Tuesday as the U.S. Attorney's Office was unable to prove that he was a threat to the community.
He was under investigation for more than a week to determine whether he had ties to terrorism. Zapata told KUAM News he came to Guam to be a tourist and get a job here. He is accused of lying to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents about how many bags he brought with him to Guam. The 50-year-old recently traveled to the island after spending more than a month in Pakistan.
Zapata is scheduled to answer to the charge during an arraignment hearing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in the U.S. District Court of Guam.