Palacios charged with the murder of Keith Castro; Taitano charged with aggravated assault

  • Thomas Taitano and Joshua Palacios have been arrested by authorities after they were identified as persons of interest in the Keith Castro case on Friday evening;
  • Taitano self surrendered to authorities. He was charged with aggravated assault as a third degree felony;
  • Palacios was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, assault, conspiracy, felonious restraint, terrorizing, guilt established by complicity, criminal facilitation, and resisting arrest.
  • The victim – Keith Castro – was at the house in Chalan Tun Fred Cabesa, Yigo to help sell a motor vehicle.

The two suspects in the murder of Keith Castro are now behind bars. More details of what allegedly transpired the night of the shooting had been made public.

According to the Guam Police Department, Castro was at the house in Chalan Tun Fred Cabesa, Yigo to help sell a motor vehicle. Castro’s social media page had pictures of a silver Toyota Tundra – the same vehicle seen in the garage of the Yigo home where the shooting occurred.

According to the police, Thomas Taitano arrived at the Yigo residence that night and began to fight with Castro. Taitano – one of the suspects in the shooting – was armed with a baton.

Taitano started to strike Castro with the baton during the fight, according to authorities. At one point, Castro attempted to flee but slipped and fell, and the assault continued.

It was then that Joshua Palacios shot Castro; however, it was not disclosed where he was shot.

Both men then fled.

Police tracked down Palacios and interviewed him about the murder. He told authorities that he did not remember being at the home where the shooting occurred.

According to court documents, Palacios admitted to using methamphetamine for five days prior. He also said that ice “causes him to blackout and not know where he is.”

Authorities charged Palacios with murder with the special allegations of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Taitano received charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief to a motor vehicle – both with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony as well as eluding a police officer.

Both men were booked and confined.

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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.