Machete wielding man arrested for robbery


Guam – A machete wielding man apparently in possession of ice had to be subdued by police on Saturday after authorities received a report of a robbery in progress.

Police say that Vincent Rodriguez Cepeda was armed with a machete when he entered a vehicle with two individuals inside demanding money. The incident according to police occurred outside Port of Mocha near Bank of Hawaii in Hagatna.

Within minutes police arrived and spotted Cepeda running towards the Guam Congress building. As police officers approached him the machete was still in Cepeda’s hand and he allegedly refused to put the weapon down prompting officers to tase him into submission. He was taken to the Hagatna precinct and Guam Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Upon completion of care at the hospital, Cepeda was arrested on charges of robbery, theft of property terrorizing and possession of a scheduled two controlled substance.

He was booked and confined.

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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.