Police arrest primary suspect in fatal stabbing

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Ronat Chautaro (GPD photo)

Police were busy on Christmas Day, bringing closure to a case involving the fatal stabbing of a 54-year-old man in Tamuning.

Police caught up with Ronat Chutaro, the primary suspect accused of stabbing Arthur Wakuk in a parking lot behind the Docomo headquarters in Tamuning.

Police have yet to release a statement, however, Department of Corrections (DOC) records indicate that Chutaro is in their custody.

Chutaro was arrested for the following offenses:

⁃ Murder;
⁃ Aggravated assault as a 3rd degree felony;
⁃ Use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony; and
⁃ Eluding a police officer.

Last Tuesday, Chief of Police Stephen Ignacio sought the community’s assistance and issued a stern warning to individuals who may have helped Chutaro avoid capture for two weeks.

Chutaro and his accomplice allegedly repeatedly stabbed the victim. The victim died from the injuries six days later at the Guam Memorial Hospital.

Chief Ignacio upgraded the assault case to a homicide investigation as a result.

DOC records indicate he was booked and confined at 3:59 p.m. on Christmas Day.

This is the second arrest in Wakuk’s murder.

Chutaro is pending a magistrate hearing to be formally charged by the Office of the Attorney General.

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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.