Another act of violence on Loreta Street in Dededo. Less than two weeks after a 13-year-old girl was abducted and raped just up the street.
On Thursday, Thanksgiving morning, police received a report at Bejado’s barbershop that an elderly woman was assaulted and robbed in broad daylight.
Police received the report, Thanksgiving morning, at around 9:45 a.m. Police say that a 61-year-old woman was struck from behind by an unknown male while inside the barbershop.
Guam Fire spokesman Kevin Reilly said the woman was struck on the back of her head and she was taken to GRMC for treatment. Her identity and her condition have not been released.
Some business owners near Bejado’s barbershop said they didn’t hear any commotion and were only made aware of the incident when police arrived.
Police are searching for the suspect, who is described as being a heavy-set man, with dark complexion, black curly hair, standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and last seen fleeing on a mountain bike with the elderly woman’s bag.
A video camera outside a nearby game room captured images of a man on a bicycle shortly before the robbery. Police have not said whether this is the man they are looking for.
Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said the woman was the shop’s owner who normally opened shop by herself.
“I am concerned because it’s in the same neighborhood, it’s on Loretta street. The residents of Loreta street are already up in arms when they hear something. Everybody is already running. Some of them are already running to their front gates to see who is moving around outside,” Savares.
But as police investigate the case, the recent incidents of violence in the neighborhood has Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares frustrated.
“It happened early in the morning and of course I spoke with the sergeant at the Dededo precinct asking what we can do to beef up our own security. We do have two retired police officers living on the street and they’re actively watching too. But we are really concerned,” Savares said.
Mayor Savares told the Pacific News Center that another incident occurred on the same day the 13-year-old girl was assaulted. She says that a resident on Loretta Street reported that she took a nap in her home at around two o’clock in the afternoon. When the resident awoke, two hours later she discovered that someone had entered her home while she slept and ransacked her purse taking $200.
Savares shares that she has already created a Neighborhood Watch group chat for the residents and business owners in the area, adding that she is hopeful the additional officers promised by the governor by the end of the year will result in more officers in the streets to deter crime.
Savares also encourages Dededo residents to attend a public safety meeting to be held at the Dededo Community Center on Dec. 12. Meanwhile, GPD is asking anyone with information regarding any of these incidents to call 472-8911.