White, Castro take up “mutual combat” as defense in Linda’s riot trial

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The riot allegedly began with an “atan baba” or dirty look.

Guam – Mutual combat is the defense Jaycee White and Alfredo Castro have taken as opening statements were made in court today in the Linda’s cafe riot case.

According to the prosecution, at the end of the hearing, the jurors will be able to decide two things, first that Liberty Concepcion was assaulted and secondly, whether they were justified.

The first witness to take the stand was Richard Ragadio. Ragadio is the third man accused in the case but unlike White and Castro, he took a plea deal.

In his testimony, he stated that an “atan baba” or dirty look from Concepcion is what started the riot outside Linda’s Coffee Shop on October 22, 2016. White, Castro and Ragadio were wrapping up the night and wanted to grab a bite to eat when they claim that Concepcion was giving them a dirty look before stating “what if I did say something” to White.

It was then that White allegedly punched Concepcion and the two began to scuffle as Ragadio and Castro looked on. Dozens of people started pouring out into the parking lot and the riot ensued.

This was the same night that Brian Cruz was found in a vehicle unconscious. Cruz was out with White, Castro and Ragadio earlier that evening when surveillance footage in Tumon captured what appeared to be White punching Cruz’s head causing him to fall to the ground. White and Castro are facing charges in a separate case for that incident.

Cruz died about a week later from his injuries.

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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.