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Guam robbery suspects are repeat offenders

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A man with a rap sheet that includes more than 20 prior criminal cases and multiple felony convictions extending back to 1992 was arrested and charged Sunday as a conspirator in two armed robberies on Friday night.

Dennis Castro Aldan
Victor Aldan Deleon Guerrero

Prior to Friday’s heists, Dennis Castro Aldan, aka Danny Christopher Castro, had been convicted in 2016 of multiple charges related to a stolen Toyota Corolla and possession of an amphetamine-based controlled substance, according to a 2016 document from the Office of the Attorney General. He was released after the Supreme Court of Guam overturned the lower court’s ruling and pending a retrial of his case.

His co-conspirator in the Friday night armed robberies, Victor John Deleon Guerrero, was out on probation despite reports he was failing to live up to the conditions of his probation.

Friday night

Aldan and Deleon Guerrero were arrested Sunday in connection with the armed robberies Friday at Papa John’s pizza shop in Mangilao and Loco Mart in Dededo.

The two men were charged Monday in  Superior Court with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and theft, among other charges.

According to court documents, Aldan walked into Papa John’s after 9 p.m. brandishing what police said was a rifle. Court documents state it turned out to be a pellet gun.

“The employees ran into the kitchen and were able to avoid Aldan,” court documents state. “Aldan attempted to open the cash register but could not. In an apparent act of pathetic desperation, Aldan stole the employee’s tip jar, which contained approximately $7 (and) ran back out to a waiting sedan.”

About 30 minutes later, police responded to a second armed robbery at Loco Mart in Dededo. Court documents state Aldan entered the store, again wielding a gun and demanding money. The cashier gave Aldan the money, totaling approximately $1,500, and he fled, court documents state.

“Security camera review and witness descriptions of the armed suspect and getaway vehicle at both Papa John’s and Loco Mart led police to believe that both robberies were carried out by the same gunman using the same getaway vehicle,” court documents state.

Witnesses were able to identify a partial license plate number, which would later be tracked to its reported owner, Deleon Guerrero.

Deleon Guerrero has denied involvement in the robberies. He claimed he and Aldan were working when Aldan asked to borrow his car. Aldan returned and gave Deleon Guerrero $300, which Deleon Guerrero gave to his wife, who confirmed to police she received the money, court documents state.

Deleon Guerrero told police he saw video footage of the Loco Mart robbery that was circulating on social media and believed the man holding the gun was Aldan. Deleon Guerrero told police the gun Aldan had in the video was the pellet gun that Deleon Guerrero left in the car.

The police interviewed people reported to know Aldan, and at least two of those people identified the gunman in the video as Aldan, court documents state. Aldan  told police he had committed the robberies but said he and Deleon Guerrero conspired to commit both robberies. He identified Deleon Guerrero as the getaway driver, court documents state.

“(Aldan) reported that Deleon Guerrero had chosen Loco Mart as the second robbery location after Aldan had only been able to steal a tip jar during the first robbery,” court documents state. Some of the clothing matched witnesses’ descriptions and the market’s security video was found at Aldan’s residence.

Aldan  tossed the pellet gun in the jungle, court documents state, noting the rifle had not been recovered as of Monday.

The charges

Aldan faces several charges in connection with the Friday night armed robberies, including:

  • • two counts of second-degree robbery as a second-degree felony, with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon during a felony;
  • • two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery as a second-degree felony;
  • • theft as a second-degree felony with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon during a felony; and
  • • theft as a misdemeanor.

Deleon Guerrero also faces several charges, including:

  • • two counts of second-degree robbery as a second-degree felony;
  • • two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery as a second-degree felony;
  • • theft as a second-degree felony; and
  • • theft as a misdemeanor.

Aldan awaits retrial in another case.

He was convicted and sentenced to serve five years in prison, concurrently, in 2016 for theft by receiving a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, among other charges.

According to the Office of the Attorney General, the 2016 conviction was appealed in the Supreme Court, which overturned the conviction and sent the case back to Superior Court. Aldan was released by the court pending a retrial.

The magistrate’s report notes that Deleon Guerrero is on probation for two other cases.

On Jan. 11, Deleon Guerrero entered a guilty plea to theft as a misdemeanor and criminal facilitation as a misdemeanor. He admitted to targeting a tourist and stealing her property in 2017. He was on probation as of Friday night’s incidents.

He also is on probation for another case in which he pleaded guilty to drug possession charges. State probation officers noted that Deleon Guerrero had three violations against the terms of his probation, but the court denied the prosecution’s request to revoke his probation. The denial meant Deleon Guerrero remained free up until his arrest Sunday.