Assistant AG questioned in attorney's collapse

HELP: Guam Fire Department assist a man who had collapsed at the Guam Judicial Center this afternoon. He was allegedly pushed before he fell. Reader contributed photo.

An assistant attorney general who was brought in by Guam Police Department officers for questioning in connection with an incident involving another attorney at the Guam Judicial Center this afternoon was arrested. 

Police arrested assistant Attorney General David J. Highsmith this evening on allegations of assault. He was booked and released, according to Guam Police Department Chief Stephen Ignacio.

Individuals at the center told The Guam Daily Post two attorneys were leaving Judge Anita Sukola's courtroom around 3:45 p.m. when the assistant attorney general allegedly pushed the attorney who fell to the floor. 

Guam Fire Department medics were called to the courthouse to assist the victim who was identified as attorney Gary Frank Gumataotao. He ran with former Gov. Carl Gutierrez in 2014 on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. Gumataotao also ran for the elected attorney general seat in 2018. 

Gumataotao was unresponsive when medics arrived. He was transported to the Guam Medical Regional City and his condition did improve. His current condition is unknown.

Earlier in the day, in response to an inquiry from the Post, AG’s office spokesperson Carlina Charfauros said, "The OAG is aware that an employee is being questioned by GPD surrounding an alleged incident."

Following the statement from GPD on the arrest, the AG's office responded: "An administrative review will be conducted and if there are criminal charges, it will be assesed to determine if a special prosecutor should be assigned." 

(Daily Post Staff)

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