GPD mum on investigation of officers

GUAM POLICE DEPARTMENT: Six Mitsubishi Outlanders and one GMC Sierra are the newest police vehicles to be added to the Guam Police Department's fleet. A Guam Police Department internal affairs investigation involving officers on duty the night of a machete attack in Yigo in August has been completed. The police department declined to release details of the disciplinary action potentially taken against the officers who were being investigated. Post file photo

A Guam Police Department internal affairs investigation involving the officers on duty the night of a machete attack in Yigo in August has been completed.

The investigation was "done in accordance with law," said GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao. "Beyond this, this is a personnel matter and Department of Administration rules and regulations, to include GPD policy, prohibit me from commenting at this time."

The police department declined to release details of the disciplinary action potentially taken against the officers who were being investigated. The officers' names have not been released.

The internal affairs investigation was launched after the victim of a machete attack talked to The Guam Daily Post.

Victim: Police response after machete attack was inadequate and upsetting

On Aug. 13, the Post published the story of Elisa Cruz as she recalled the events that happened the night a complete stranger threatened her with a machete and made demands.

Cruz was upset with the response she received from authorities – from the moment she called police for help to her encounter with the officers at the Dededo Precinct Command.

She described the entire evening as a nightmare, as she was forced to drive to the precinct to report the robbery.

Cruz, who said she has training as a victims advocate, also was never offered any victims assistance after she reported the robbery.

"They never contacted me," Cruz said after she learned the investigation into her complaint was completed.

However, she said she did have a recent encounter with a GPD officer who saw her complaint. She said the officer explained that her story helped to ensure officers better communicate when responding to calls.

"That's really what we want," she said. "We didn't want anyone to be in trouble. We wanted better communication in our community."

Perpetrator in attempted robbery still at large

On Aug. 8, Cruz was sitting in the driver's seat of her car in the parking lot of the San Lorenzo Laundromat in Yigo when she said the suspect asked her for cigarettes and money. Her mother was inside washing clothes, while her son was in the back seat.

She said the suspect held the machete to her throat before she was able to grab the weapon. Cruz said she shoved the machete away and honked her car horn. The suspect then took off on foot and remains at large.

The incident was caught on the building's video surveillance.

Police have not provided an update to the investigation of the attempted robbery.

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