An 18-year-old student arrested in connection with a riot at Tiyan High School on Tuesday is being held by the Department of Corrections on $1,000 cash bail.
Sarsan Robert, aka Robert Sandy Sarsan, is charged with criminal mischief as a misdemeanor and consumption of alcohol under age as a petty misdemeanor.
He appeared in the Superior Court of Guam on Wednesday via video conference from the DOC Hagåtña Detention Facility.
Assistant Attorney General Steven Haderlie asked the court that the defendant be released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond, noting that the case is a misdemeanor. The prosecution also asked that he be ordered to stay away from the Tiyan High campus.
Defense: Let accused return to school after suspension
“As noted by the prosecution, my client is a high school student and is not a flight risk. He’s practically lived his entire life here on Guam," said defense attorney William Jones, who agreed with the government’s recommendation for his client to be released from prison. "I understand the court’s concern, in that back in May conditions were give to Mr. Robert to comply while on pretrial release. I would hope the court could impose other orders that would not only secure his presence at proceedings at this matter, but also would allow for him to continue his education. I am assuming he was suspended. … But upon expiration of that suspension, I would hope the court would allow for him to go back to school with conditions that he follow all the laws of Guam, not to harass any of the staff or student body at Tiyan High School."
Magistrate Judge Jonathan Quan, however, noted the defendant was just released in May on a separate felony case, at which time Robert had already agreed to obey all laws.
"The court is concerned you will not comply with the court orders going forward," Quan said. "The court is concerned you may be a danger to the community."
Judge Quan set bail at $1,000 cash.
Robert is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 25 for arraignment.
Police: Other Tiyan students also were drunk
On Tuesday, police responded to a riot complaint at the Tiyan campus. Officers arrived to find the suspect struggling to get away from school aides, court documents state.
He was able to escape briefly before being restrained again. The suspect was also accused of punching the fire alarm mounted on the wall, documents state.
Robert told police he bought liquor from a store and that he and his friends had been drinking on campus, documents state.
The Guam Department of Education and police are investigating and aware that students other than Robert were drunk at the time.
On pretrial release in burglary case
This is not Robert's first arrest linked to alcohol.
Robert was on pretrial release on charges of burglary to a motor vehicle as a second-degree felony and attempted theft as a petty misdemeanor.
According to court documents, Robert was arrested after police responded to a report of burglary in Dededo on May 9.
The documents say that a man found Robert in his car when he went to see why its alarm had sounded.
Robert told the victim he was broke and was looking for money, documents state.
He told police he was drinking beer and liquor with his friends when they ran out of drinks and cash. That's when the suspect decided to break into vehicles to find money so that they could buy more to drink, documents state.