Woman arrested for setting fire to JOG Official Court vehicle

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A Judiciary of Guam vehicle was set on fire early this morning and the individual believed to have set the car ablaze has been arrested.
Guam – Initial reports from the Judiciary of Guam stated that the fire occurred around 11:00 p.m. last night however a release from the Guam Police Department confirmed that the fire was reported just before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to GPD Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, the security guard on duty reported noticing a fire underneath the left rear area of the court official vehicle. Moments later he saw an individual walking away from the fire. Balajadia further states that the security guard pursued the individual on foot towards the Agana Pool area, but lost the individual in the jungle area behind the pool.

The individual was believed to have been a man, however, during a routine patrol, police observed an individual matching the suspect’s description, further discovering that the individual was a woman.

She was identified as China Papa, and according to Balajadia, she told police that she started the fire because she was upset about being arrested on New Year’s Day.

Papa was arrested for Arson and Criminal Mischief. She was booked and confined.

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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.