Guam Judiciary: Statement on De Soto’s Attempt to Escape

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Guam – The Guam Judiciary released a statement late Wednesday afternoon on Chad De Soto’s attempted escape, while he was in the custody of the Marshals, just before his arraignment in Superior Court.

READ the statement from the Guam Judiciary below:

STATEMENT ON DE SOTO INCIDENT ON FEBRUARY 27, 2013

Prior to Defendant DeSoto’s arraignment hearing this afternoon, Defendant De Soto became uncooperative after the handcuffs and shackles were removed from his person by court marshals in a secured transit corridor exclusively used by court deputy court marshals to routinely escort detainees for court hearings and appearances. The removal of handcuffs and shackles is a customary practice when preparing defendants for court hearings and appearances.

Defendant DeSoto’s sudden movements, which trained law enforcement officers would reasonably believe was an attempt to escape, were thwarted by court deputy marshals. He was not able to move more than six feet away from the court deputy marshals that were escorting him in this secured area.

Defendant DeSoto was again placed in handcuffs by court deputy marshals and was escorted into the courtroom to attend his arraignment hearing.