2 arrested, then released to prevent possible spread of COVID at DOC

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BK Petrus and Raphyki Kinam were arrested after witnesses and surveillance footage helped police to identify them as the suspects responsible for damaging multiple vehicles and apartments within the Harmon Breeze Apartment complex.

Two 19-year-olds were arrested Monday on allegations that they damaged multiple vehicles and apartments in Harmon. But the Attorney General’s Office Tuesday made the decision to release the pair to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 to the prison population.

BK Petrus and Raphyki Kinam were arrested after witnesses and surveillance footage helped police to identify them as the suspects responsible for damaging multiple vehicles and apartments within the Harmon Breeze Apartment complex.

Police say that they received a report regarding a home invasion at around 2 am in the morning on Monday. The suspects fled when authorities showed up. Petrus and Kinam were later located in the Tamuning and Harmon area.

Both men were charged with terrorizing, conspiracy and guilt established by complicity among other charges.

However late Tuesday afternoon the spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, Carlina Charfarous, issued a release saying that the two had been released in order “to avoid creating a pocket of COVID-19 infections in DOC and surge of infections in Guam.”

She explained that the decision “means that some people who are arrested during this emergency period, will be released – instead of confined – until their court hearing or trial date. The teen suspects in the recent Harmon case are two examples.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.