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Female convict charged with firing a gun, sent back to jail

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TWO females from Yoña were arrested over the weekend after police officers recovered a firearm from a reported shooting in Inarajan.

Kahealani Leipua Santos, 25, and Ashley Mae Cruz Balajadia, 23, were with another female adult when police officers from the Agat Precinct Command were dispatched to the reported shooting next to Mae’s Retail Store at around 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

Guam Police Department acting Public Information Officer Lt. Art Paulino said when police arrived at the scene and after speaking to witnesses, officers located the suspect’s vehicle described as a 2011 gray Toyota 4-Runner parked by the Merizo Pier.

Officers met with a male identified as Ivan John Duenas who told police that earlier that evening, he was standing outside his store when an unknown person in a passing vehicle discharged a firearm. Duenas provided a description and possible license plate number for the vehicle.

Officers spotted a vehicle matching Duenas' description at the Merizo Pier. The vehicle was occupied by the three female adults. The operator of the vehicle consented to a search and officers recovered a .380 round as well as several glass pipes with suspected methamphetamine residue.

A further search resulted in the recovery of a black Lorcin 390 semi-automatic pistol. The alleged firearm used in the shooting was recovered beneath an adjacent vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle stated Santos and Balajadia had visited her earlier that evening, and the three then decided to take a ride down south in her vehicle. The operator said that as they passed Mae’s Retail Store, Santos produced a handgun, stuck it out the window, and fired a shot in the air.

Santos was contacted by police investigators and provided a statement consistent with what the vehicle operator said, but she denied knowledge of any discharge of a firearm, saying the recovered firearm was not hers.

Police reviewed Santos' police record and found that she is a convicted felon with a criminal case in 2008 and that she has been banned from possessing any firearms.

Santos was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card as a third-degree felony, possession of an unregistered firearm as a third-degree felony, and unlawful discharge of a firearm as a misdemeanor.

Balajadia was arrested for guilt established by complicity, hindering apprehension, and criminal facilitation.

The third person in the vehicle was identified but not charged. Lt. Paulino said the Criminal Investigations Division is looking further into the matter.

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