Police say they have apprehended a Christmas Eve purse snatching suspect


Guam – Police believe the have solved a Christmas Eve purse snatching case, the alleged culprit is 36-year old, Chalan Pago resident, Eric Jonah Santos Carriaga.

According to Guam Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao, the alleged robbery occurred in the parking lot of Dededo Payless. He says a suspect fled on foot towards the 76 Circle K gas station.

While it appears the suspect may have got away for a brief period of time, the incident was caught on camera, which police say they used to identify the suspect as Carriaga.

Carriaga was arrested on charges of robbery and theft of property.

He was 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.