10 day man hunt leads to arrest of alleged Dededo shooter

Guam Police Department (PNC file photo)

“The motive for the killing and aggravated assault is related to personal relationships and activities between the victims and suspect,” says Stephen Ignacio– Chief of Police.

In a media conference held today, the suspect involved in the Yigo shooting was identified to be Janus Galanote Tabbada, 30.

As PNC previously reported, on Saturday, November 12, officers from the Dededo precinct responded to a reported shooting in Yigo where Edward Cuizon Bamba, 37, was found unresponsive with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

According to Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio, prior to the shooting, two males arrived at the residence in a silver sedan. Following an argument, two gunshot wounds were heard and the suspects fled the scene.

With aid from surveillance footage, GPD says that they were able to identify Tabbada who was actively avoiding the police.

The case then hit a major turn as on Nov. 21st a female victim walked into the Dededo precinct reporting that she had been abducted, held, and beaten by Tabbada.

Ignacio said, “The female who was in a previous relationship with Tabbada just managed to get away from Tabbada that morning and with the aid of a good Samaritan, managed to get to safety. The victim also identified a female individual as Dara Padama, who assisted Tabbada in her abduction.”

Following a multi-task force search, Tabbada was ultimately located and arrested a day later at the Micronesia Mall parking lot, “Tabbada was found in possession of the drug ice during his apprehension. Both individuals were transported to the Criminal Investigation Section for interview.”

Both individuals were transported to the Criminal Investigation Section where Tabbada was found with the offenses of homicide, aggravated murder, aggravated assault, and use of a deadly weapon, among others.

Dara Jean Padama was found with the offenses of aggravated assault, conspiracy aggravated assault, and reckless conduct, among others.

Both individuals were booked and confined.

The case is still under investigation, however; the responsible individuals are in custody and no longer pose a threat to the community.

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.