Store Owner Gets a Grip on Robbery Suspect and Doesn’t Let Go Until Police Arrive

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Guam – The owner of the KNS Mart in Mangilao got a grip on a robbery suspect Monday afternoon and held on until police arrived.

GPD PIO Officer A.J. Balajadia says the owner’s wife was at the cash register around 12 noon when two men came in.

She told police that one of the suspects stood by the counter and didn’t say anything  but he “appeared to be trying to distract her.”  The second suspect then went to the liquor shelves in the back of the store and grabbed a bottle of vodka and headed for the front door.

The woman’s husband then came in and struggled with the 2 suspects. She said one of them threw the bottle of vodka at her husband while the other suspect punched her husband in the face.

Officer Balajadia reports that “although the victim continued to be punched, he held onto one of the suspects until police arrived.”

The other suspect fled but was caught 40 minutes later by police.

Police have booked and confined 36 year old Ben Shusy and 23 year old Saingo Ignacio on various charges including – Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Assault, Conspiracy, Criminal Facilitation, Guilt Established by Complicity, and Hindering Apprehension.

Suspect #1: Ben SHUSY aka Solgas MACHUSY aka Songas MACHUSY aka Sonta MACHUSO (John Doe), m/chuuk/36

Suspect #2:  Saingo IGNACIO (John Doe), m/chuuk /23

READ the release from Officer Balajadia below:

MANGILAO, Monday, February 04, 2013, 12:10pm, Police Dispatch received a call of a robbery at the KNS Store located on Rt. 10, Mangilao.

Suspect #1 entered the front entrance of KNS Mart and stood at the counter near the cashier.  Suspect #2 then entered the store behind the first male individual and went straight towards the hard liquor located towards the back store.

Suspect #1 did not say anything to the cashier and appeared to be trying to distract her from Suspect #2. She noted Suspect #2 grab a bottle of Vodka and proceed towards the front of the store towards the front entrance. The cashier’s husband entered the front entrance of the store and the cashier told him to stop the two individuals from leaving the store because they are stealing.

The suspects struggled with the cashier’s husband near the entrance to the store as they attempted to flee.  One of the suspects then threw the bottle of Vodka striking the cashier’s husband in the face while the other suspect began to him in the face.  Although the victim continued to be punched, he held onto one of the suspects until police arrived.  The other suspect ran out of the store and was located by officers in the Barrigada area about 40 minutes later and was identified by the victims as being one of the suspects.

Both individuals were later transported and charged with the following offense(s):

Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Assault, Conspiracy, Criminal Facilitation, Guilt Established by Complicity, and Hindering Apprehension.  They were later booked and confined.

Suspect #1 Ben SHUSY aka Solgas MACHUSY aka Songas MACHUSY aka Sonta
MACHUSO (John Doe), m/chuuk/36

Suspect #2 Saingo IGNACIO (John Doe), m/chuuk /23