17-year-old student beating suspect now facing attempted murder allegation

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The 17-year-old Tiyan High School student, already in custody in connection with the beating of a fellow student last Friday, is now facing an attempted murder allegation.

Guam Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao told K-57’s Patti Arroyo this morning that “one additional charge was added on late last night and that was the charge for the 17-year-old minor for … attempted murder.”

The 17-year-old is already facing allegations of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, as well as assault.

Sgt. Tapao declined to say whether the injured student was stabbed, nor would he say whether the ‘deadly weapon’ in question was a knife.

“It’s the determination of the prosecuting attorney” to decide whether the 17-year-old is charged as an adult, said Tapao.

The motive is still under investigation, he said, and there may be additional arrests.

Two other 15-year-olds alleged to be involved in the beating remain in custody at DYA. They are facing aggravated assault charges only.

Their fellow Tiyan High classmate who was attacked was treated and released from Guam Regional Medical City on Friday night, said Sgt. Tapao.

The attack took place at a bus stop on West Nanez Street in Dededo Friday afternoon.

Several videos of the incident were taken by other students at the bus stop. One of the videos shows the injured student strapped to a stretcher being cared for by GFD medics.

The other video shows him being assaulted by at least three other students who are seen throwing punches at him. The victim then falls to the ground and tries to cover up to protect himself, but his schoolmates continue to strike him and kick him when he’s down.

One of the three attackers is then seen pulling an object from his pocket and thrusting it down towards the student lying on the ground.  It’s not clear what the object was.

A female student finally intervenes and asks him to stop.

Guam Department of Education spokeswoman Isa Baza said in a statement that this second video helped school authorities identify the students involved.

“The school is completing its investigation and will administer appropriate disciplinary action,” said Baza.  The students involved could face expulsion.

“GPD will handle all criminal matters going forward,” she said.

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