VIDEO: AG- “A Brutal Home Invasion”; Tedtaotao, Mendiola , Held on $500K Cash Bail, Each

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Guam – “This was a brutal home invasion,” said Assistant Attorney General David Rivera as he asked for a $500-thousand dollar cash bail for each of the two suspects arrested Friday night in the beating of a 27 year old woman in her Nimitz Hill home last weekend.

38 year old Anthony Paul Mendiola and 44 year old Raymond Torres Tedtaotao stood before Magistrate’s Judge Alberto Tolentino Saturday, showing little emotion as they answered the Judge’s questions with only a “yes” or a “no.”

Both said they were un-employed, neither had a lawyer. Each man is charged with First Degree Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Burglary. 

“Given the nature and seriousness and circumstances of the alleged crime,” said Judge Tolentino, “the court will order that you be both held on $500-thousand dollars cash bail.”  A preliminary hearing was set for May 7th.

READ the Magistrate’s complaint HERE 

THE CRIME:

They are are accused of breaking into a home at 161 Ocean View Drive in Piti early last Saturday morning, April 20th,  where, Assistant AG Rivera said, they “left the victim bound in duct tape, unconscious, … with traumatic brain injury, all for a duffel bag of cloths and a couple of computers.”

A 16 year old male minor is also accused and remains in detention at DYA. 

“The defendants and the minor forced their way into the home and knocked the female to the ground,” according to the Magistrate’s report, “Tedtaotao began hitting the female in the face with a gun and used duct tape to wrap on her mouth, arms and legs.”

“The minor took a duffel bag and stuffed it with cloths and a camera … Mendiola took two laptops,” states the complaint, while “Tedtaotao repeatedly hit the female in the face asking her where the money was.”

But the victim could not answer because she had “duct tape covering her mouth.”

Later it was determined that a cellular phone and a yellow purse, along with the 2 laptops and the cloths, were also stolen from the home.

Two men, roommates, returned to the home about 1:30am. They discovered that the sliding door to the garage was open, the interior lights were on and numerous personal items were scattered about the entrance to the garage.  Inside they found their roommate on the floor, bound, gagged and beaten.  They called 911.

At 1:37am Guam police arrived, Guam Fire advanced Life Support unit 2 was already on the scene.

Naval Criminal Investigative Services ]NCIS] also became involved because the woman is married to an active duty service member. Guam Police Spokesman Officer Paul Tapao told PNC News her husband was on duty at the time of the incident. The two other roommates who found the woman on the floor are also active duty military.

The women is identified in the complaint only by the initials “RR.”

“Officer noted that the only garments worn by the victim when they arrived was a red t-shirt and panties. They later found a pair of sweat pants that had grey colored duct tape wrapped around the ankles.”

“RR” had suffered major trauma to her head, and she was suffering from numerous other injuries “swelling and redness to her right eye, multiple abrasions and cuts to the right side of her facile area, blood coming out of the right nostril and bruises on her left ankle.”

First, she was rushed to Naval Hospital where a CAT scan revealed “she had intra-cranial bleeding which required that she be transferred to the Guam Memorial Hospital for neurosurgery.” 

The woman was in critical condition, Saturday, but by Thursday, she had recovered enough to meet with police who showed her photos of possible suspects. “She identified Mendiola as one of her assailants.”

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THE ARRESTS:

Guam Police and Naval investigators arrested Mendiola and Tedtaotao, along with the 16 year old minor Friday night.

According to a release from acting GPD PIO Sargent Liz Flickinger, 2 search warrants were executed between 9pm and 9:30pm.

GPD’s Criminal Investigations Division along with GPD SWAT and Naval Criminal Investigative Services [NCIS] executed the warrants, one in Dededo, the other in Yigo.

According to the magistrate’s report, “while executing the warrant at the residence of defendant Tedtaotao, police pulled over a green Nissan Pathfinder driving on the same street and determined that the operator was defendant Tedtaotao. Inside the car was a roll of silver duct tape.”

Sargent Flickinger credited the “numerous anonymous tips called in from the public to the Criminal Investigations Division and Naval Criminal Investigations Services” which led to the arrests of the suspects and “more arrests may be pending,” she said.

#1:  Raymond Torres Tedtaotao / Male / Age: 44 of Dededo

Charged with:  Robbery, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Use of a Deadly Weapon in the commission of a felony, Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Identification, Felonious Restraint

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#2:  Anthony Paul Mendiola / Male / Age:  38 of Yigo

Charged with:  Robbery, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Use of a Deadly Weapon in the commission of a felony, Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Identification, Felonious Restraint

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#3:  16 year old Male Minor

Charged with:  Robbery, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Use of a Deadly Weapon in the commission of a felony, Felonious Restraint