It didn’t take long for police to nab a man allegedly involved in a string of robberies in the Tamuning/Tumon/Harmon area over the past few months.
An alert was earlier sent out to the community for Joshua A. R. Palacios, 30, who was taken into custody late yesterday afternoon and was being questioned by police.
Palacios is reportedly connected with four men involved in robberies at the Tai Sho Gameroom in Harmon on Aug.15; Winner Gameroom in Tumon on Oct. 10; H.A. Mart in Harmon on Oct. 11; and the Golden Motel in Tamuning on Oct. 12.
The other men were brought in for interviews and arrested by investigators of the Tumon-Tamuning Precinct’s Safety and Security Network Unit.
Ervin Nekeo Otokichy, 31, of Dededo was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, four counts robbery, four counts possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, four counts possession of a firearm without a firearm identification, and four counts of firearm without a firearm registration.
The other three, Rit Eiren, 31, and David Andon, both of Dededo, and Kendal Norris McKinney, 23, were each charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, theft by receiving stolen property and robbery. The four were booked and confined.
Meanwhile, the Guam Fire Department also had their hands full yesterday responding to reports of eight missing hikers and an overdue fisherman in separate parts of the island.
According to GFD spokesman Lt. Ed Artero, both incidents were reported at around 7 p.m.
The hikers were in the area of Pagat Cave in Yigo and had not come out of the cave trail before nightfall.
The fisherman was among six people who went fishing near Bear Rock in Inarajan, but was not with the others when they returned by sunset.
At about 7:43 p.m., Artero said the man made it back to shore safely. About an hour later, the hikers were located and were accounted for.