CAPE Volunteer & Reserve Officer Help Nab 2 Suspects in Purse Snatching Case


Guam – A civilian Police Reserve Officer and a CAPE volunteer helped Guam Police arrest 2 suspects wanted in connection with the robbery of a Japanese tourist last night in Tumon.

Guam Police Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia reports that a female Japanese tourist told police that a man grabbed her purse as she was walking along JFK Hill with 3 other women about 9:30 last night.

She struggled to hold onto to her purse but fell and suffered cuts to both her knees and wrist.  The male ran towards a parked vehicle and fled. 

An “All Points Bulletin” was sent out based on the description of the suspect and the vehicle.

An hour and a half later, reports Officer Balajadia, a Civilian Police Reserve and CAPE volunteer who were just getting off duty noticed the suspect vehicle on Marine Corps Drive, in Dededo.

The Police Reserve and CAPE volunteer coordinated with Patrol, Guam Highway Patrol and SWAT units. 

The suspect vehicle was pulled over on Route 1 at Wusstic Road as it was speeding north towards Yigo.

21 Ignacio Aldan and 21 year old Gerome Mira were arrested. Both were charged with Purse Snatching, Conspiracy and Destruction of Evidence.

They were booked and confined. The Japanese tourists stolen property was recovered.

Reacting to the role played by the CAPE volunteer and the Police Reserve Officer, GPD Chief Fred Bordallo said he recognizes the great value, strength and importance of having the men and women of the Civilian Police Reserve and CAPE volunteers working along side our full time officers. 

The Chief thanked the men and women of the Civilian Police Reserve and our CAPE volunteers for their dedication to the community and their hard work in helping the Guam Police Department fulfill their mission. 

Guam Highway Patrol, Patrol Units and SWAT working in coordination with each other help in the apprehension of these two suspects.

The names of the CAPE volunteer and Reserve Officer were not released.