Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Man arrested over mass stabbing

Guam Police Department officers secure the scene after a 21-year-old Chad Ryan Desoto of Tamuning allegedly drove a Toyota Yaris through a crowd of people in the island's visitor district in Tumon, Guam on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, crashing into an ABC Store, and stabbing several individuals. Three people are dead and 11 are injured. (AP Photo/The Pacific Daily, Rick Cruz)
Guam Police Department officers secure the scene after a 21-year-old Chad Ryan Desoto of Tamuning allegedly drove a Toyota Yaris through a crowd of people in the island's visitor district in Tumon, Guam on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, crashing into an ABC Store, and stabbing several individuals. Three people are dead and 11 are injured. (AP Photo/The Pacific Daily, Rick Cruz)

A man accused of killing two Japanese tourists and injuring a dozen others after crashing his car and stabbing people in a major tourist district in Guam has been arrested and faces multiple charges.

Chad Ryan DeSoto, 21, of Tamuning is accused of driving a Toyota Yaris onto a sidewalk and striking seven tourists on Tuesday night at an upscale shopping area fronting the Outrigger Guam Resort in Tumon Bay, a police spokesman said.

DeSoto continued driving on pavement, crashing into the wall of a shop. He then left his car and started stabbing people, police said.

DeSoto is charged with two counts of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder and 13 counts of aggravated assault, the spokesman said. No motive or other details on the investigation were released.

DeSoto was scheduled due to appear before a magistrate judge the Superior Court of Guam on Wednesday to be formally charged.

Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 14 Japanese tourists were attacked, including two who died. Two of the injured have been released from the hospital after being treated, Suga said.

Japanese media reported the dead were two women aged 28 and 82 and the survivors included an eight-month-old baby. An official with Japanese travel operator HIS Co said eight of its customers were injured in the attack, including some with broken bones, but none were killed.

Guam governor Eddie Calvo issued a statement addressed to "the people of Japan" saying the perpetrator would be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law." Mr Calvo said he is committed to ensuring the safety of visitors to Guam and would increase the police presence in the visitor district.

"This was an isolated incident - something that just doesn't happen in our community," the governor said. "We are shocked, we are grieving with the families, and we extend our deepest condolences to those hurt."

Guam, a US territory and tropical island 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, is heavily dependent on tourism - particularly from Japan - for its economy.

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