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Twin brothers charged with robbery, other crimes

TWIN brothers Anthony Laatman Muna and Vicente Laatman Muna  have been charged in a hit-and-run incident that occurred on June 8. The two also confessed to theft and burglary crimes in Marpi, the Department of Public Safety said.

The two, who are 22 years old, are charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery as well as two counts of conspiracy to commit theft, burglary, and criminal mischief.

Anthony L. Muna was the driver of the sedan that struck a tourist on Beach Road, police said. He faces additional charges related to traffic infractions, reckless driving, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Police said that on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 1:14 p.m. they received a call about an auto-pedestrian hit-and-run in Garapan.

Police found surveillance footage that showed the suspects’ vehicle pulling off the northbound shoulder, accelerating, slowing down, veering off the road and hitting one of the two tourists walking on the road before fleeing the scene.

Police said the tourist sustained bodily injuries and received treatment at the hospital for multiple abrasions and head injuries.

After an extensive search, police found the twins’ vehicle and impounded it.

According to police, Anthony confessed that he was the driver while Vicente said he was the passenger at the time of the incident.

The twins, who said they are unemployed, told police that their initial motive was to snatch the tourist’s purse but instead their car struck her.

The two also told police that they were smoking “weed” inside the vehicle prior to attempting to snatch the tourist’s purse.

Moreover, the two admitted that they broke into a van at the Grotto and stole several bags. They said they also stole a bag at Wing Beach.

Vicente told police that he broke into the white van by breaking the driver’s-side window using a rock. He said he took about $2,000 in cash from the bags he stole.

At Wing Beach, Vicente said, he took a handbag belonging to tourists who were busy taking pictures.

For the hit-and-run incident, Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $25,000 bail on the twin brothers. He also imposed a $50,000 bail for the theft and burglary incidents.

 The twins were remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and were ordered to return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

The court said it will appoint counsel for the defendants.