More details bared on DOC escape

The two inmates who escaped from the Department of Corrections Mangilao compound are back in police custody.

A few details surrounding how two inmates managed to escape the Department of Corrections Mangilao facility have been disclosed in a magistrate’s complaint against the two men.

It was on Wednesday evening at around 9:10 p.m. that Johnnie Del Rosario and Johnny Atalig made their escape from the compound’s half-way house or POST 9.

According to the magistrate complaint, DOC correctional officers discovered the two men missing after conducting a headcount. The two men reportedly got into a brown pickup truck and fled on Mai Mai road towards the Chalan Pago area. The driver of the truck was not disclosed.

The complaint reads, “Both individuals were identified as being ‘trustees’ that were housed at the halfway house, giving them privileges to include not being housed in a cell most of the day and having the ability to walk around while wearing civilian clothing. The two were later apprehended outside of the Department of Corrections.”

While it is not disclosed how they managed to escape, we do know where they went after escaping the prison. The complaint states that the two men went to Del Rosario’s girlfriend’s home. It was there that the men decided to give themselves up and called Warden Allan Borja to self-surrender.

After nearly 12 hours of being wanted fugitives, they were picked up by DOC officers and arrested. The two men appeared in court this afternoon to be formally charged with felony escape as a third-degree felony.

The halfway house at DOC is where inmates who are nearing the end of their incarceration are housed as they are prepared for re-integration back into society. But with their attempted escape both men have been assigned to POST 6, the maximum security unit.

In addition, their status as “trustees” is revoked and according to Guam law, if found guilty of escape, they will not be able to participate in work or educational programs for at least five years. They are facing up to five years of additional incarceration.


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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.