Guam – Guam Police Spokesman Officer AJ Balajadia says at this point it’s too early to tell if the recent assault and robbery of a delivery driver yesterday in Barrigada is linked to the recent rash of store robberies in the Barrigada area.
But he notes that it seems a little suspect that it is all happening in the same area within the last week.
At around 1 pm yesterday, Guam Bakery delivery driver Efren Abastas was on his way to deliver bread to the Aguon Store in Barrigada when he was assaulted and robbed by two men. He was not available for comment today. Guam Bakery General Manager Henri Oftana says Abastas was still in shock.
“I tried to ask him what happened and it’s like he’s still in a daze,” says Oftana.
Guam Police Spokesman Officer AJ Balajadia tells PNC that the Guam Bakery vehicle was headed toward Aguon Store when he was flagged down by a man standing in the middle of the road calling out for help.
“He’s a good guy because obviously he stopped, he slowed down because he thought somebody needed help. From what I understand they took advantage of that. They yanked him out of his van and held him up,” explains Oftana.
A cashier at Aguon Store told PNC that Abastas walked into the store around 1 pm with his t-shirt torn up asking for help.
“I was shocked obviously. And it’s a shame that it’s gotten to this that you hear so much about the crime going on in the island getting worse and worse and it hits close to home obviously when it’s one of our guys,” Oftana says.
Balajadia says both suspects were described as chuukese, male. One was 5’4 to 5’6 in height, 18-25 years old. Dark complexion, short black hair and wearing a white shirt with blue jeans. The other suspect was about 5’8 to 5’10 tall, 25 to 30 years old, dark complexion. He was wearing a red bandana, black shirt and light blue shorts.
This is the third robbery this week in the Barrigada area. On Sunday, a man brandishing a pellet gun entered the Barrigada Shell Station around 3 am where he demanded money and fired a shot into alcohol bottles behind the cash register. Then on Wednesday at about 5am, the 76 station across the street was hit. In that robbery the suspect also held the cashier at gun point and demanded cash.
Meanwhile, Oftana says safety is a top priority for all his employees.
“The vans are locked throughout when they’re out in delivery. They keep it safe. A lot of the stores now have a policy when they pay us they pay by check if it’s over a certain amount to try to minimize that loss that way. So we try and we tell them to be vigilant at all times,” says Oftana.
Balajadia asks anyone with any information about these robberies to contact Guam Police or Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP.