2 Arrested for Tumon Purse Snatching

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Guam – Guam Police last night arrested 2 men for a purse snatching that happened on San Vitores Road in Tumon.

Officers from the Criminal Justice Strike Force arrested  20 year old Ricky Martin Villanueva Shimizu of Yigo. He has been booked and confined on allegations of  Guilt Established by Complicity, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Criminal Facilitation and Robbery. 

[Ricky Martin Villanueva Shimizu]

Also arrested was 40 year old Steven Alexander Cruz of Dededo for Guilt Established by Complicity, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Criminal Facilitation and Robbery.

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[Steven Alexander Cruz]

Guam Police Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia reports that 2 female tourists were walking along the road by the Hilton when a man, later identified as Shimizu,  approached one of the tourists, grabbed her camera bag and forced her to the ground. The woman suffered a cut to her lip,  requiring 3 stitches.

Shimizu made off with a camera, $50 dollars cash, and 2 credit cards.  

However witnesses got a description of the vehicle and Highway Patrol later spotted it on Rt#14 by the Golden Motel in Tamuning.  Inside were Shimizu and Steven Cruz who was driving.

Officer Balajadia also reports that police found photos of  the victim and her friend on the floorboard of the vehicle.  Both the victim and her friend later identified the photos and said they had been taken earlier earlier in th day with the camera that was stolen.    

READ the release from Officer Balajadia below:

GUAM POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

TUMON – 8:45pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, officers from the Criminal Justice Strike Force responded to a reported Strong Armed Robbery in the Tumon area.

Two female tourist was walking west along Route #14 San Victores Road by Hilton when a male suspect later identified as Ricky Martin V. Shimizu approached one of the tourist.  Shimizu reportedly grabbed the tourist’s camera bag forcing the victim to the ground and causing her to sustain a cut to the lip which required three stitches.  Shimizu made off with a camera, $50 in USC, and two credit cards belonging to the victim.  

Witnesses were able to provide information of a vehicle and a description of Shimizu.

The suspect vehicle was later apprehended by Highway patrol personnel on Rt#14 by Golden Motel.  The vehicle occupied two individuals, Steve Cruz (driver) and Shimizu.  

Officers with the CJSF noticed Polaroids photos of female individuals of Asian descent on the floorboard of the vehicle which revealed that of the victim and her friend who had accompanied her to Guam and who was with her during the incident they both stated that the photo was taken earlier today, with the camera that was stolen.  Suspects were transported to the CJSF office for further investigation and both were later booked and confined.  

Arrested:  STEVEN ALEXANDER CRUZ, m/cham/40/Dededo for Guilt Established by Complicity, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Criminal Facilitation and Robbery.
Arrested:  RICKY MARTIN VILLANUEVA SHIMIZU, m/cham/20/Yigo for Guilt Established by Complicity, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Criminal Facilitation and Robbery.  

Both men were booked and confined.