Lack of police resources creates backlog in fingerprint database

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Seven arrests have been made using the fingerprint data base this week alone.

Guam – Over the last few days the Guam Police Department has been making arrests in a multitude of theft and burglary cases which date back to 2015.

The use of the Automated Fingerprint Database system has helped GPD to identify suspects in several cases. But the recent rise in arrests attributed to the fingerprint system raises the question, why weren’t the fingerprints run immediately following the commission of the crimes?

According to GPD Spokesperson AJ Balajadia, “it requires two certified techs to run the system.”

So does this mean that a lack of certified personnel prohibited the use of the fingerprint system? Apparently not as Balajadia states, that “there’s a lot of cases and we’re doing our best to keep up.”

He further stated that GPD deals with over 20,000 cases a year and the head of Criminal Investigative Division is having his detectives work on some of the older cases before the statute of limitations run out. He adds that they are clearing cases and making arrests daily.

The good news is that arrests are being made, as a matter of fact the fingerprint data base system has resulted in the arrests of seven individuals this week alone.

Below is a list of the arrests made this week:

Media Release
Wednesday, October 25, 2017


BARRIGADA – after running finger prints taken from a 2016 Perez Acres burglary, through the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a hit identified the suspect to be a neighbor.

Criminal Investigation detectives arrested Jeremy Dean Isaac, m/fil/24 of Yigo for Burglary, Theft of Property and Criminal Mischief (Graffiti). He was booked and confined.

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Media Release
Thursday, October 26, 2017

BARRIGADA GPD HEADQUARTERS – after running finger prints taken from a 2016 Standard Group Condos, (Tamuning) burglary, through the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a hit identified a suspect.

Criminal Investigation detectives arrested Rickey Chris McIntosh Jr. McIntosh, m/cha/40 incarcerated at the Department of Corrections, for Burglary, and Theft of Property. He was booked and re-confined.

March 9, 2016 the owner of a condo unit at the Standard Group Condos, Tamuning reported his condominium was Burglarized.

He reported about $6000. 00 in cash was taken and about $5000.00 dollars worth of electronics and jewelries was also taken.

GPD crime lab was able to lift fingerprints and later identified the suspect to be Rickey Chris McIntosh Jr. McIntosh was already incarcerated in DOC for past crimes.

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Media Release
Thursday, October 26, 2017

BARRIGADA GPD HEADQUARTERS – after running finger prints taken from two separate Stolen Vehicle cases through the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a hit identified the same suspect for both cases.

On March 30, 2016, it was reported that a Silver 2014 Toyota Corolla was stolen from the parking lot of the Agana Heights Basketball Gym. The next day the vehicle was recovered off Mai Mai Road in Chalan Pago, wrecked.

Vehicle was processed by the GPD Crime Scene Investigator. Latent prints that were lifted from the vehicle.

February 20, 2017 the Guam Police Department received a report stolen Silver 2014 Nissan Cube was stolen from a residence in Maite. The vehicle was later recovered and processed by the GPD Crime Scene Investigator.

Arrested in both cases:

Alast Amanto Simiron, m/chuuk/20 incarcerated at the Department of Corrections, for 2counts Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

Simiron was booked and re-confined

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Media Release
Friday, October 27, 2017

BARRIGADA GPD HEADQUARTERS – the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, identified a suspect in a 2015 Burglary case.

February 9,2015, a complainant reported seeing an unknown male individual in her vehicle upon arrival at her residence.

The suspect was alerted and fled on foot. No items were noted stolen.

No suspects were identified at the time, case was suspended.

GPD crime lab obtained latent prints at the scene which identified the suspect.

Arrested by Criminal Investigations detective, Brian Erwin, m/cha/21 of Dededo for Burglary

He was booked and confined.

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Media Release
Friday, October 27, 2017


BARRIGADA GPD HEADQUARTERS – the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, identified a suspect in a 2016 Burglary case.

May 4, 2016, the complainant reported that her residence on Ibang Street in Dededo, was burglarized.

She indicated her purse that containing personal items valued at $270.00, was stolen from her living room couch.

The complainant also reported that her vehicle that was parked within the garage of her residence was rummaged through however nothing of value was stolen from within.

The GPD Crime Scene Investigator processed the scene and was able to lift fingerprints from the victim’s residence and the vehicle. The latent prints that were lifted from the residence and vehicle identified a suspect.

Criminal Investigations detectives arrested: Antonio Ayuyu, m/cha/44, incarcerated in the Department of Corrections for Burglary, Home Invasion and Theft of Property. He was booked and re-confined.

Media Release
Friday, October 27, 2017

BARRIGADA GPD HEADQUARTERS – the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, identified a suspect in a 2016 Burglary case.

April 2016 it was reported to the Guam Police Department that an unknown person(s) entered the Guam International Raceway Park in Yigo and pried open a Pepsi vending machine stealing all the money inside.

Crime Lab Investigators were dispatched to the scene and were able lift latent prints which identified a suspect.

Criminal Investigation detectives arrested Franklin Benavente Quichocho, m/cha/39 of Yigo for Criminal Mischief, Theft of Property, and Criminal Trespass He was booked and confined

Media Release
Friday, October 27, 2017

BARRIGADA GPD HEADQUARTERS – the Crime Labs Automated Fingerprint Identification System, identified a suspect in the 2015 Designer’s Direct Furniture Outlet, Tamuning Burglary case.

Criminal Investigation detectives arrested: Stevy G. Villanueva, m/cha/27 incarcerate at the Department of Corrections for Burglary, Theft of Property and Criminal Mischief. He was booked and re-confined.

 

 

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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.