Detainee in road rage incident found dead after 1 week in jail


Guam – After spending just a week in jail, detainee Elton Masasi was found dead in his holding cell.

According to Department of Corrections Deputy Director Eric Palacios, Masasi was found unresponsive during a routine head count just after midnight on Friday. Palacios says that Masasi was found with a self-inflicted injury.

DOC Officers conducted CPR until medics arrived and he was transported to Naval Hospital. Listed in critical condition, Masasi succumbed to his injuries on Saturday afternoon.

Palacios states that an internal affairs investigation has been launched and GPD is also looking into the matter. An autopsy is pending to determine exact cause of death.

Masasi was arrested just a week ago for his involvement in an altercation at the Mobil gas station near Kmart. He and Travor Todd Ruben allegedly attacked a man and woman in a road rage incident that began at the Royal Orchid Hotel in Tumon.

According to the victims, Ruben shot at the couple with a sling shot and Masasi attempted to stab them with a knife. Parts of the altercation were picked up on surveillance video footage.

During an interrogation, police say Masasi admitted to attacking the victims, but claimed the male victim was the aggressor in the incident. Masasi was facing charges of aggravated assault, second degree robbery, burglary to a motor vehicle, theft, and criminal mischief.

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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.