BREAKING NEWS: Joshua AR Palacios in Custody; Wanted in Connections With String of Armed Robberies

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Guam – Tumon-Tamuning Precinct Commander Lt. Ron Taitano says that Joshua AR Palacios was taken into custody this morning [Sunday] in Dededo.

Lt. Taitano told PNC News that Palacios was arrested on a road off Ysengsong. He declined to provide further details until Palacios had been interrogated.

Yesterday, [Saturday] Lt. Taitano held a news conference to announce that police were looking for Palacios in connection with a string of armed robberies. He was believed to be armed and dangerous. According to Palacios’ WANTED notice [see below], a search warrant was executed at 178 East Santa Monica Avenue Friday and an un-named number of .4-caliber rounds of ammunition were confiscated.

The search for Palacios was triggered by the arrests of 4 men in recent days. Lt. Taitano credits the hard work of his Safety & Security Network (SSN) for the arrests and, Taitano said in a release yesterday, they “confessed to their involvement in these robberies.” 

The armed roberies include:

* Tai Sho Gameroom in Harmon on August 15

* Winner Gameroom in Tumon on October 10

* H.A. Mart in Harmon on October 11

* Golden Motel in Tamuning on October 12 

They 4 men arrested prior to Palacios’ arrest today are:

* 31 yr old, Ervin Nekeo Otokichy, a Male, Chuukese, from Dededo. He was arrested for 4 Counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, 4 Counts of Robbery, 4 Counts Possession and Use of a Deadly Weapon in the Commission of a Felony, 4 Counts of Possession of a Firearm Without a Firearm Identification, 4 Counts of Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Registration.

* 31 yr old, Rit Eiren, Male, Chuukese, from Dededo. He was arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Robbery.

* 28 yr old, David Andon, Male, Chuukese, from Dededo. He was arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Robbery.

* 23 yr old, Kendal Norris McKinney, Male, Caucasian (homeless). He was arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Robbery.