Man accused of breaking into home, resisting arrest

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A man and his son were in fear for their lives when an unknown man entered their property wielding weapons.

Atanacio Rodrigo Cepeda walked into a Tamuning resident’s property speaking aggressively before pulling out a rebar and a 12-inch kitchen knife.

Police say that he made threatening gestures with the knife, scaring the father and son into the home where they called police for help.

The homeowner reported that Cepeda said “call the police, they’re not going to save you” and “I’m going to come back”.

When police arrived, they began searching for Cepeda. One of the officers reported that a rock was thrown from behind the home, landing about 8 feet from the officer.

Police discovered Cepeda hiding in the jungle and said Cepeda lunged at an officer.

“Officers attempted to restrain the Defendant and instruct him to comply. However, the Defendant continued to struggle and swing his body. The struggle continued and officers fell to the ground with the Defendant as he attempted to overpower the officers and resist. The Defendant reached into his waistband and officers noted a large silver knife in his right hand. Other officers arrived and assisted, after which the Defendant threw the knife towards the concrete wall and stated ‘Ok you got me. I quit, you guys are good’,” court documents stated.

An officer was injured during the struggle sustaining a cut to his left hand and right wrist area.

Cepeda was charged with terrorizing with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon, assault on a peace officer, and resisting arrest.

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.