GPD: Mongmong death investigation now classified as a homicide


The investigation into the death of Peter John Rios Jr. has now been classified as a homicide following an autopsy performed on his body Thursday, May 14.

According to a brief statement from Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao the cause of death was “due to multiple gunshot wounds” and “the manner of death was ruled a “homicide.”

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The 45-year-old Rios was found dead inside a second-floor unit at the Taitano Apartments on JA Camacho Street in Mongmong on Monday, May 4.

Juan Mendiola was arrested the next day. He was booked and confined on allegations of murder and aggravated assault, with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon. He is also accused of destroying evidence.

The magistrate complaint in a separate drug case involving Bruce Aflague Diaz reveals that Diaz provided a gun to Mendiola.


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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.