Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Airport Police officer who shot unarmed motorcyclist indicted

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Vincent Castro is facing felony aggravated assault charges.

Guam - An airport police officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed motorcyclist during a police chase has been indicted in Superior Court.

Vincent R.Q. Castro, 48, was charged by a grand jury with aggravated assault as a second degree felony, aggravated assault as a third degree felony, both with special allegations of use of a deadly weapon, and reckless conduct as a misdemeanor.

The case dates back to June of 2016 when two Airport Police officers attempted to pull over a man on a motorcycle near the Airport, but instead of stopping, Airport Police say the man led them on a high speed chase that ended on Hamburger Road in Harmon as one of the Airport Police officers fired a round at the suspect, striking him on his lower extremities.

That suspect was identified in court papers as Joshua John Untalan Mesa.

Unlike a magistrate complaint, the indictment does not provide details of the alleged assault and only lists the charges against Castro. An investigation by the Airport Authority following the incident last year found that Castro “acted accordingly,” and he was not reprimanded.

Castro’s next hearing is May 31 at 8:30 am.

 

 

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