Machete attack defendants face a slew of charges

Mangilao machete attack defendants (PNC photo)

Guam – The court has charged the two defendants involved in the machete attack near the University of Guam campus for their role in the incident. One of the two defendants, Emmanuel Reselap, was charged with attempted murder as a first-degree felony.

The two brothers, Reselap and Jordan Rachulap, appeared this week before the Superior Court of Guam for a Magistrate hearing.

Aside from attempted murder, the court also charged Reselap, 19, with aggravated assault as a second-degree felony, aggravated assault as a third-degree felony, and terrorizing as a third-degree felony.

He also faced additional charges of criminal mischief as a third-degree felony and family violence as a misdemeanor. The court also charged Reselap with a special allegation for the possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

According to Office of the Attorney General records, Reselap was on pre-trial release for felony offenses. In this case, he was charged with armed carjacking, robbery, and aggravated assault.

He was also on pre-trial release for felony offenses in another case, where he was charged with criminal mischief to a motor vehicle.

The court charged Rachulap, 25, with terrorizing as a third-degree felony with a special allegation for the possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. The court also charged him with criminal mischief as a third-degree felony.

Court documents mentioned the weapons used during the incident, as ‘a machete or a rock.’

Fight in progress

According to court documents, on Tuesday, the Guam Police Department was summoned to a location in Mangilao after receiving a report of a fight in progress.

One of those involved, Reselap, was armed with a machete and had used it to allegedly stab another person.

According to court documents, the victim tried to chase Reselap away after the defendant allegedly hit a woman known to him. Reselap allegedly reached into his vehicle and brandished a machete, which he swung at  the victim.

According to court documents, a medic told police that the victim was in serious condition and that the wound on his stomach was 6-8 inches long and 1-2 inches deep. The victim was taken to the Guam Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

According to witness accounts, Rachulap headed for the road and started attacking passing cars. Reselap joined Rachulap, where he reportedly used a machete and also threw rocks at passing cars.

According to court documents, it all started at the UOG Marine Laboratory where the two defendants consumed a bottle of vodka, causing them to become intoxicated.