Man allegedly assaults another man in front of a church


A man on pretrial release allegedly assaults another man in front of a catholic church.

According to a magistrate’s report, last Thursday, the victim told officers that he was sitting on the front steps of the San Juan Bautista Catholic Church when 58-year-old Mark Anthony Wagner allegedly approached the victim angrily while holding a machete.

According to the report, Wagner had accused the victim of stealing.

During the altercation, reportedly the victim picked up a piece of wood – presumably to defend himself before and stood up and Wagner pushed him and he fell.

Court documents say that Wagner took the piece of wood that the victim was holding and proceeded to beat the victim with it.

Officers were dispatched to Diones Apartments in Ordot where they spoke to a male victim. observed that his face, cheeks, and eyes were swollen.

Upon police interview, the victim immediately stated, “It was Mark.”

The male victim was then transported to the Guam Memorial Hospital by the Guam Fire Department.

Court documents say that Wagner was located with the machete and piece of wood next to him. The report adds that Wagner was handcuffed as he uttered obscenities saying, “What is this about? He deserved it!”

Wagner is charged with aggravated assault as a 3rd-degree-felony with a special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon on the commission of a felony and commission of a felony on felony release and is on pretrial release.

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.