Man wanted for questioning in Yigo shooting has criminal record

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In 2014, at the age of 23, Thomas Taitano was charged with aggravated arson as a second-degree felony.

As authorities continue the search for Thomas Taitano, the man wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Keith Castro, PNC delves into Taitano’s criminal history and it appears that he has had run-ins with the law before.

The shooting investigation appears to be moving quickly as yesterday authorities announced that they were looking for Thomas Taitano who may have information regarding the shooting death of Keith Castro.

While GPD has not commented on whether or not they believe he is a suspect, they did indicate that Taitano is considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting occurred on Sunday at a home on CHalan Tun Fred Cabesa in Yigo. But it was not disclosed if the weapon used in the crime was found. In fact, GPD declined to comment, citing that they must maintain the integrity of the investigation.

With Taitano on GPD’s radar, we take a look his criminal history. In 2014, at the age of 23, Taitano was charged with aggravated arson as a second-degree felony. Court documents state that he set his Dededo home on fire by knocking over a candle after engaging in an altercation with his brother. He was also accused of attempting to strike his brother with a machete.

But that case did not go to trial. Instead, Taitano took a deal with the government, pleading guilty to aggravated arson as a second-degree felony. The plea resulted in him being sentenced to five years in prison. He was released on July 23, 2017. His parole was scheduled to end in 2020, but according to parole services he has been on the run for a year. Police continue to search for Taitano who was last seen fleeing from police on Monday evening along Chalan Evangelista in Yigo.

According to GPD, he is 27 years old, Chamorro, standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing about 180 to 190 pounds. He is described as having short to medium black hair, brown eyes, and has a tribal tattoo on his right forearm and a tattoo on his left forearm. He is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Instead, if spotted, contact police at 472-8911.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Thomas Taitano also known as Mossy Taitano call GPD at 472-8911.

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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.