Blas recording played in court

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Mayor Jesse Blas was arrested on federal extortion and bribery allegations.

Yona Mayor Jesse Blas was heard in a recording admitting to slapping, choking and punching Vickilyn Teregeyo, a woman he was romantically involved with.

The recording was gathered by Drug Enforcement Administration agents who seized Teregeyo’s phone. According to the FBI, which conducted a phone analysis, there were multiple recordings of Blas contained on the phone.

The one played in court this afternoon was offered as evidence by the government which is petitioning for Blas’ continued detention.

In the recording, Blas is heard stating to Teregeyo: “Still, I’m willing to help not judge you, yeah we fought, I slapped you, choked you…bleep happens. I still went out worked with the courts…I’m very connected I can make bleep happen and I did it for you.”

FBI agent Rafael Fernandez once again took the stand to clarify statements made at the previous detention hearing. Fernandez was questioned about the assault on Teregeyo. He told the court that it was Blas who first hit Teregeyo and then Joey Terlaje struck her again and dragged her into the house.

Blas’ attorney, Joseph Razzano, argued that Blas was Teregeyo’s third-party custodian and that she could not leave the home or she would be in violation of court orders.

Razzano argued that all the government has is “nothing more than hearsay from a person who violates court orders.”

The FBI agent responded that Teregeyo told the FBI that she made the recordings quote, “because no one would believe her story without the recordings.”

The government continued to contend that releasing Blas would present a danger to the community and that the recording and statement made by the FBI that he used a GPD officer to threaten the confidential informant are evidence that he would engage in obstruction of justice and witness tampering if released.

They shared their concern that Blas still carries the title of Yona mayor, indicating that there may be individuals who would rally behind the mayor if released.

The prosecution added that an investigation is ongoing into six other individuals, who Blas could attempt to contact and influence.

District Court Chief Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood, to ensure fairness, went through the 14 conditions of release to gauge if there are any conditions available for his release.

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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.