Law enforcement officials have identified the victim who died during Saturday’s altercation outside King’s Restaurant in Tamuning as Jaron Weilbacher and the magistrate’s report on the incident stated, quoting witnesses and citing surveillance footage, that Weilbacher continued to be struck even when he was already unconscious on the ground.
Two men have already been arrested in the death investigation. No murder charges were filed and the two were charged with assault and aggravated assault.
When Guam Police Department officers arrived on the scene last Saturday, Oct. 9, they already found Weilbacher on the ground unresponsive and unconscious. Witnesses described blood on Jaron’s face and droplets of blood around him.
Police spoke with a security guard via multiple interactions who said that Jaron was with two other males identified as Selerino Henry and Elijah Tierra. The security guard informed police that another group which included several people including two males later identified as John Muliaga and Fiataugaluia Ahkee were present at the scene.
The security guard stated that Muliaga had a red hat, black pants and a long beard or goatee while Ahkee was wearing white pants.
According to the magistrate’s report, the security guard told police that Jaron or Selerino, he did not know who, put his hands up with palms facing out while approaching Muliaga when Muliaga allegedly punched the male, who had his hands up, in the face with a closed fist. The male then fell to the ground.
The security guard gave an earlier statement saying that Muliaga allegedly struck Jaron, Selerino and Elijah at different times during the altercation.
According to the magistrate’s report, the security guard stated Muliaga allegedly struck Jaron several times after Jaron fell to the ground.
The security guard observed Elijah attempting to assist one of the males who was now sitting up on the ground when Muliaga allegedly struck Elijah on the face with a closed fist.
The security guard then observed Muliaga allegedly striking the male being assisted in the face again with a closed fist followed by an open palm. The security guard told police that Ahkee then struck the other male who was unconscious on the floor with a closed right fist.
According to GPD, other witness oral statements and video evidence make it appear that the unconscious male was Jaron.
Other witnesses described that a verbal altercation occurred between the different males prior to the assaults.
According to the magistrate’s report, video footage appears to depict Muliaga striking Jaron at least once in the facial area while Jaron appears to be unconscious and lying on his back on top of what appears to be a concrete floor.
Based on the magistrate’s report, the Office of the Attorney General stated that there is probable cause to charge Muliaga with one count of aggravated assault (as a second degree felony) in violation of Title 9 G.C.A. § 19.20(a)(1); and with three counts of assault (as a misdemeanor) in violation of Title 9 G.C.A. § 19.30(a)(1).
Based on the magistrate’s report, the Office of the Attorney General stated that there is probable cause to charge Ahkee with one count of assault (as a misdemeanor) in violation of Title 9 G.C.A. § 19.30(a)(1).
No murder charges were filed against both.