Man arrested for threatening people with a bat in Merizo pier

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Patrol officers later located Nanguata driving on Route 2 and says he was immediately combative.

A man who was removed from the Merizo Pier park three times over the past two weeks for violating social distancing rules went back with a bat in hand.

According to the Merizo mayor, the man wanted to scare a group of people away from the park due to social distancing.

Joseph Jesse Matagolai Nanguata was already gone when police showed up to the Merizo pier for a reported disturbance on April 17.

Court documents state that Nanguata had shown up to the pier and exited his vehicle carrying an aluminum bat.

Police say he used the bat to strike a sign, bleachers and a trash can as he aggressively yelled and walked towards a group of people.

The group left and so did Nanguata.

Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says patrol officers later located Nanguata driving on Route 2 and says he was immediately combative. The encounter was caught on camera by bystanders.

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“As officers approached the individual, they noted the bat and were able to gain an advantage point and secure the individual’s hands, which required several officers to help subdue the male individual,” Tapao said.

While in the video officers surrounding Nangauta were not wearing protective gear, Tapao says that the PPEs were dislodged from the officers’ faces during a struggle to subdue and take Nanguata into custody.

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A mugshot taken of Nanguata shows injuries he sustained during the arrest.

Officers were able to subdue him and he was placed in the patrol cruiser and later brought to the precinct. Medical care was provided to him.

While Nanguata was arrested on the offenses of assault on a police officer he was not charged for the offense. Instead, court documents show that he has been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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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.