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Campos re-arrested

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For Pay-Less robbery

TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Anthony Leon Guerrero Campos Jr., the suspect apprehended for the Oct. 4 Route 8 Mini-Mart robbery, has a police record with a number of convictions on Guam and Saipan.

Yesterday, while being held on $100,000 bail, he was slapped with additional charges in connection with the Oct. 1 armed robbery at the Sinajaña Pay-Less Supermarket where he allegedly victimized five workers after the supermarket had been closed for the night and secured.

Campos was convicted in 2007 of robbery after threatening a security guard of a gaming room in Saipan. He also robbed a store in Saipan with a machete and was sentenced to 10 years. He was released in October 2009. In 2011, he was arrested on Guam for possession of an illegal substance.

Campos was arrested Tuesday after he was identified from images recorded on a surveillance camera in the Route 8 Mini Mart in Maite where he allegedly entered and fired a shot while demanding that the cashier open the cash register.

One of the store employees was able to run out and call 911. The cashier told police that she thought the suspect was joking until the robber fired a shot and yelled again to open the register. When she opened the register, the robber reached into the cash register, grabbed the money and ran out of the store toward the road.

Surveillance footage

Detective John P.G. Lizama viewed the surveillance footage in which the suspect was wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jean pants, white shirt, white gloves and was armed with a silver-colored handgun.

On Oct. 7, U.S. Marshal Marc Patricio contacted Lizama and indicated that one of the store customers caught on the video was one of his clients. He said the client is currently in custody due to an outstanding warrant of arrest.

When interviewed by police officers, the client said he was standing near the cashier when a male individual with a covered face came in and stared at him for a brief moment and then turned to the cashier and pointed the firearm as he demanded the establishment’s money.

Another detective interviewed a man who told police that the man he saw in the footage posted on the KUAM website was his friend, Anthony L.G. Campos. He said he and Campos attended high school together at George Washington High School in Mangilao.

In a photographic line-up, both the cashier and the male witness identified Campos as the man who allegedly robbed the Route 8 Mini Mart in Maite. Campos was also identified by an uncle who informed investigators that his nephew had been incarcerated in Saipan for armed robbery in which he used a machete. He told police that Campos was residing with his girlfriend at an apartment in Mongmong.

On Oct. 9, SWAT and CID personnel executed a search warrant and apprehended Campos. He was brought to the GPD CIS Office in Tiyan for questioning. Campos denied involvement in the robbery at Route 8 Mini Mart.

He was charged with second-degree robbery as a second-degree felony and a deadly weapon used in a felony.

After Campos’ initial appearance in court yesterday, he was re-arrested in connection with the Sinajaña robbery.

On Oct. 1 at around 1 a.m., five employees of the Pay-Less Supermarket in Sinajaña were robbed at gunpoint by three men after the last shift workers had secured the store.

The suspects, believed to be in their early 30s, wearing long sleeves and black shirts covering their faces, approached the supermarket security guard, assistant manager, head cashier, cashier trainee and bagger.

The suspects, with a silver revolver, fired three shots into the air and demanded that the cashier and manager turn in their handbags. After robbing the workers of their personal belongings at gunpoint, the suspects walked toward the rear of Pay-Less and disappeared from view.

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