Dededo robbery happened on same street as sex assault, suspect sought
One woman spent the Thanksgiving holiday in the hospital after she was robbed at work yesterday in Dededo at around 9:45 a.m.
Police have not identified the victim of the robbery that took place at Bejado's Barbershop, but they did say a 61-year-old woman was knocked unconscious by a robber who is still at large. The robber fled the scene with the woman's bag.
The Guam Police Department is again asking for the public's help in solving this latest crime.
"She was alone in the establishment and she was assaulted from behind by an unknown male and the description of the individual is only described as heavyset, with black curly hair and he stands around 5 foot 8 inches in height and he was last seen leaving the area on a mountain bike," Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said.
Preliminary police information reveals the woman was unresponsive at the scene but was semi-conscious upon arriving at Guam Regional Medical City. The barbershop remained closed this morning and neighboring business Cool Garden Restaurant told us they had been preparing Thanksgiving catering yesterday and did not see or hear anything.
Police detectives plan to review security camera footage from homes and businesses in the area, and Tapao is hopeful someone may have noticed a heavyset man riding a mountain bike while holding a woman's bag.
"It's a very busy time being that it's Thanksgiving morning so you have a busy intersection and we are asking the community should they have witnessed or seen this individual and the direction he was headed in if they could call Guam Crimestoppers or submit a tip online at guam.crimestoppersweb.com," he said.
Meanwhile, Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares says village residents are frustrated and "up in arms" because the robbery comes just a couple of weeks after the sexual assault of a young girl. Both crimes happened on the same street, and the mayor says residents were already on alert and looking out for anything suspicious.
"I am frustrated because these are happening just in the same area it's got to be somebody that knows the area, lives there, but sees what's going on there all the time," she said. "The residents are up in arms. They're protected, they turn their lights on now at night. They're always looking out, their dogs are out as their alarm. Were trying to do as much protections as we can, I mean everyone looks out every time they hear a sound."
We asked the mayor if she is satisfied with the police presence in Dededo. She has told us that only four officers are available to patrol the northern part of Guam.
"GPD is working on increasing the number of police officers, the presence of police officers here, but I don't know how else, I mean everybody has their lights on," Savares said. "It happened in the early morning, middle of the daylight."
GPD is asking anyone with information to call police dispatch at 472-8911 or 475-8615-7.