Guam – Guam Police last night arrested the “person of interest” they had been looking for in connection to the Saturday murder of 63-year-old Nancy Mafnas. 20-year-old Keith Jermane Garrido was arrested, booked and confined on murder charges. Police say Garrido is not a stranger to Mafnas.
After several hours of interrogation, Guam police detectives had enough reason to believe Keith Jermane Garrido was the person responsible for the death of Nancy Mafnas. Garrido was arrested last night and charged with murder, aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and theft of a motor vehicle.
“Mr. Garrido is the person of interest, the individual that was photographed leaving the scene of an accident that took place not too far from the residence on Saturday where a witness was able to take his picture and provide that to police. So he’s definitely the individual in that picture, we believe,” says Officer AJ Balajadia, GPD spokesman.
Details of the murder were expected to be revealed today as Garrido was supposed to be magistrated in Superior Court. However, Attorney General Spokesperson Carlina Charfauros tells PNC that Garrido will be magistrated in court tomorrow. Although Balajadia could not go into much detail pending the magistrate’s report, he reveals to PNC that Mafnas and Garrido may have met each other on at least one occasion.
“From what we understand there was a previous encounter. I believe that a family member used to cut her grass and he may have met her a few years back when he was a younger man, but there was no close connection that we’ve been able to obtain in regards what led to this particular encounter,” Balajadia notes.
Police believe Garrido is the same man who witnesses saw driving Mafnas’ Chrysler 4-door sedan on Saturday between 3 pm and 3:40 pm. Witnesses snapped a photo of Garrido after they saw him crash Mafnas’ car into a coconut tree not far from her home then leave the scene of the accident. That photo was provided to police and a search ensued for Garrido.
Mafnas’ body wasn’t discovered until hours later just before 8pm Saturday evening. Balajadia says she died of blunt force trauma.
After two days of searching, US Marshals with the Taotao’mona Task Force picked up Garrido in Dededo on a “warrant of arrest” for a separate family violence case.
Meanwhile Balajadia says Police Chief Fred Bordallo has ordered an internal affairs investigation into claims that Mafnas made a 911 call earlier in the day right before she was killed. Balajadia says Chief Bordallo has prioritized this investigation and hopes to release the findings by Friday.