Man found dead while in custody at Dededo precinct

Dededo Precinct (PNC file photo)

A man was discovered dead while in custody at the Dededo Precinct over the weekend and now GPD is investigating the incident.

The 49-year-old male arrestee was being held at the Dededo Precinct following his arrest last Friday on charges related to first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao, the man was discovered by officers in the holding cell — dead.

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“He was unresponsive. Immediate care was provided to the male individual and he was transported to Guam Regional Medical City for advanced treatment and care. The Guam Police Department was made aware that on July 4th, the male individual was pronounced deceased by attending physicians,” Tapao said.

Moving forward, the Guam Police Department has launched a criminal investigation as well as an internal affairs investigation into the incident.

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“The administrative investigation is just to see if the officers were in line with the general orders GPD SOP that may exist within the precinct or any unit directives that was developed relative to the precinct in itself,” Tapao said.

He added that each precinct has different unit directives pertaining to precinct operations but each precinct is governed by general orders in dealing with people in custody.

The investigation into the arrestee’s death is ongoing.


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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.