Man accused of attempting Black Friday robbery


The female victim, who was in a store at the time, was assisted by an employee.

Guam – It’s a situation every woman should be cautious of, and a reminder to remain alert in your surrounding at all times—even when walking through the aisle of a department store.

Imagine realizing while shopping that you are being followed and targeted by a robber. This is what one woman says she experienced on Black Friday.

According to court documents, an employee from the Ross Department Store at GPO witnessed Joey John Taitano following his victim near the fitting room area of the store. While the employee initially thought the two were together, she quickly realized something was wrong as the victim was walking at a fast pace away from Taitano. It was then that Taitano attempted to grab the victim’s handbag and other items from her shopping cart as the victim fought back. Luckily for the victim, the Ross employee intervened and called the police.

Taitano was arrested and charged with attempted third degree robbery as a third degree felony. He was booked and confined.

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.