Santos acquitted on all charges related to Tumon night club assault

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The bar’s owner had threatened Santos with a knife, according to Santos’ defense.

Guam – A man accused of aggravated assault and terrorizing has been found not guilty because he was defending himself.

Former Department of Corrections Officer Eric San Nicolas Santos was arrested two years ago after an incident at the Raku Night Club where he was accused of assaulting the bar’s owner.

Santos pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and terrorizing.

During his four-day trial, evidence was presented that Santos was, in fact, acting in self defense. According to court documents, the person claiming to be the victim was actually the aggressor and had threatened Santos with a knife.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, after nearly two days of deliberations, a twelve member jury returned a verdict of not guilty, acquitting Santos of all charges.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.