Kidnapping suspect pleads not guilty to all charges

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Guam – Nearly three weeks after Piatra Tuncap was allegedly kidnapped and brutally beaten by her then boyfriend Brian Kevin Cruz, the wheels of the judicial system roll toward a trial as her alleged captor maintained his innocence in court yesterday.

It appears that Brian Cruz stands by his assertions to authorities that his then girlfriend Piatra Tuncap wanted to go with him when he forcibly shoved her into a White sedan nearly three weeks ago.

The kidnapping was caught on surveillance camera and Tuncap’s whereabouts were unknown for nearly 24 hours during which time Cruz is accused of beating her in and out of consciousness and sexually assaulting her.

Chalking his actions up to “sometimes he gets out of hand and that he and Tuncap argue… like any other couple would,” Cruz pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, family violence and felonious restraint.

Cruz remains behind bars. His next court date is on October 9.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.