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Third person dies in Guam following stabbing rampage


A third person has died after being hit by a car during a rampage in Guam’s tourist district that left two others dead and 11 people injured, officials said yesterday.

Guam Visitors Bureau spokesman Tony Muna said that a 51-year-old man taken to Guam Memorial Hospital in critical condition died yesterday morning.

Authorities are not immediately releasing the man’s name while a complaint filed against 21-year-old Chad Ryan De Soto is updated, Muna said.

De Soto, of Tamuning, is accused of plowing into several people with his gray Toyota Yaris late on Tuesday as he drove onto a sidewalk and into a convenience store at the Outrigger hotel in the Tumon district.

Authorities say he then got out of his car and started stabbing people he came across.

De Soto hurt six people with his car and eight with his knife, including two who died of their injuries, authorities said.

Muna said the 51-year-old victim was hit by De Soto’s car.

Muna said that four victims remain hospitalized: a 76-year-old woman listed in “guarded” condition, a 70-year-old woman in a stable condition and two girls in stable conditions — a three-month-old and an eight-month-old.

A 22-year-old woman in a stable condition was transferred to a hospital in Japan, while six patients were treated and released.

Hospital officials reached yesterday referred questions to Muna.

A Guam judge ordered De Soto held on US$2 million bail. The prosecution requested the bail after saying the suspect committed “heinous, extreme” violence rarely seen in Guam.

Superior Court Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino appointed a public defender to represent De Soto.

A video of the brief court proceedings posted online by the Pacific Daily News shows De Soto, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, telling Tolentino he has no job.

Court documents posted by the newspaper say the two Japanese women stabbed to death were 81-year-old Kazuko Uehara and 29-year-old Rie Sugiyama.

Those injured with De Soto’s knife included Sugiyama’s eight-month-old son. The baby is hospitalized in a stable condition, the newspaper said.

De Soto told police he wanted to hurt as many people as he could, first with his car and then with his knife, according to a declaration filed by Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Quan.

De Soto is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, for which he faces 15 years to life in prison. He also faces a charge of attempted aggravated murder for using a knife to attack Sugiyama’s baby and eight counts of aggravated assault.

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