Man who allegedly held family hostage to claim insanity as defense


Guam – The man who allegedly held a family hostage at gun point during a shoot out with police last May is arguing that he is innocent.

In court today, two time convicted felon Vincent Cruz appeared for a pretrial conference, during which the government notified the court that Cruz would be changing his not guilty pleading to a not guilty by reason of insanity plea.

His attorney Ana Gayle was not present but according to the government she will be filing the motion today.

Cruz is facing charges of attempted murder after nearly an hour long stand off with police during which time police say he held a family hostage at gun point.

Cruz was previously convicted on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and was under supervised released when the incident occurred.

If convicted on the attempted murder charges he faces life in prison and an additional two years for revocation of his supervised release in federal court. A continued pre-trial conference has been set for April 5th.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.