VIDEO: Chief Bordallo Says Death of Sinajana Man After Trash Burning Dispute Remains an “Open Investigation”


Guam – The investigation into the death of a Sinajana man after a dispute over burning waste earlier this week remains open, according to Guam Police Department Chief Fred Bordallo.

56-year-old John Chargualaf died of a skull fracture early Wednesday morning. His neighbor is accused of pushing him after Chargualaf approached his property the night before, causing him to fall and hit his head.

A news release from GPD sent after the dispute stated that Chargualaf’s neighbor had reported him to the Guam Fire Department for burning which upset Chargualaf. According to the news release Chargualaf is accused of throwing rocks at his neighbor before he was pushed.

During a briefing with the media this afternoon Chief Bordallo said no arrests have been made in the case at this time.

“With these open investigations our criminal investigations has been assigned to that,” Bordallo said. “They always have to coordinate their efforts again with the medical examiners and with the Attorney Generals efforts.”

No arrests have been made in Saturday’s traffic accident that resulted in the death of 73-year old woman on Thursday but Bordallo said the Highway Patrol Division is investigating the accident.

Chief Bordallo also provided an update on operation SPEAR, a daytime operation that began this week.  Officers focused on the village of Chalan Pago this Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.  Within the first 15 minutes of the operation, Chief Bordallo says they came across an incident that resulted in an arrest for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

“There was a vehicle that almost struck my official vehicle that I was in,” Bordallo said.

James Mateo Griffen was arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence of a Scheduled 1 Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving and Illegal Possession of a Marijuana according to Bordallo.