Suspect arrested in Thanksgiving robbery

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Police have arrested Frank Patrick Aitasi on offenses of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, felonious restraint, aggravated assault as a third-degree felony, criminal trespass, theft, and reckless conduct.

An arrest has been made in the Thanksgiving day robbery which sent an elderly woman to the hospital.

Police have arrested Frank Patrick Aitasi on offenses of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, felonious restraint, aggravated assault as a third-degree felony, criminal trespass, theft, and reckless conduct.

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The announcement came this morning nearly a week after surveillance footage captured the suspect riding a bicycle on Loreta Street in Dededo around the same time the owner of Bejado’s barbershop was struck from behind and robbed in broad daylight.

Sgt. Paul Tapao, GPD spokesman, said the victim and a witness identified Patrick from a photo lineup.

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“Through the assistance of the community, witnesses, and of course information that was provided to the Guam Crime Stoppers, detectives from CID were able to identify the suspect relative to the robbery,” Tapao said.

He added: “With the assistance of GPD’s federal task force agents, officers and detectives from GPD Criminal Investigations Division were able to locate Mr. Aitasi in the Dededo area.”

Aitasi is in the custody of the Department of Corrections as he awaits a magistrate hearing to formally charge him for the crime.

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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.