Witnesses help thwart machete threat, robbery

YIGO: The San Lorenzo Laundromat in Yigo is shown. Police said a man, armed with a machete, attempted a robbery Thursday night that was thwarted when the victim resisted and pressed a vehicle's horn to get help. Post file photo

Alert employees from a nearby business establishment helped thwart a machete threat on a woman sitting in a car outside the San Lorenzo Laundromat in Yigo Thursday night.

The suspect, described by a witness as a man who was wearing a hoodie and dark basketball shorts, first asked for a cigarette from the woman in the car before he held a machete against her throat, a male witness said.

The witness said he was monitoring the parking lot through a video surveillance camera and saw from the screen that the man with the machete started to threaten the woman, the witness said. The witness and a co-worker ran to the parking lot, which prompted the suspect to run, the witness said. The suspect was barefoot, said the witness, who was interviewed by The Guam Daily Post at the scene. The witness declined to have his name disclosed to the public out of fear for his safety.

The incident happened around 11:20 p.m. but police arrived later around 2 a.m., the witness said.

Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said officers from the Dededo Precinct Command responded to a report of a robbery at the laundromat. 

The victim told police that while waiting in a car, just outside the laundry business, an unknown man approached the vehicle and held a machete against the victim's throat.

The victim managed to grab the machete and pressed the vehicle's horn causing the suspect to flee on foot, said Tapao.

The victim was unharmed and police are asking the public to come forward with any information about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP (4357).