THREE MEN QUICKLY ARRESTED FOR GUAM MURDER

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By Steve Limtiaco

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Aug. 3) – Kwang Oh Shin was allegedly murdered Friday morning by a longtime friend and two other men, who met Shin at a ranch in Yigo, allegedly beat him with a baseball bat and a golf club, and stabbed him with a machete, according to Guam police.

The men also allegedly stole at least $2,000 from Shin, 53, but police yesterday afternoon said they do not know why Shin met the men or why he had so much money with him. Robbery is a possible motive, according to police.

The men allegedly drove Shin's body to an area near Andersen South, according to police, where he was found in his truck Sunday.

Police yesterday arrested Robert Eugene Sablan, 31, of Tamuning, and brothers Allan Joseph Mesa, 24, and Brian Kenny Mesa, 26, of Ordot in connection with aggravated murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree robbery and other related charges. Allan Mesa's name is spelled "Alan" in court documents.

Superior Court of Guam Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena yesterday afternoon ordered Sablan held on $1 million cash bail and assigned attorney Pete Perez to defend him.

Perez was Sablan's defense attorney during a past criminal case. The Mesas have not been brought to court to hear the charges against them.

"I just want to know why they did it," said Shin's daughter, Tammy Shin, who confirmed that Sablan was a family friend. She said she disliked the other two men. She said her father intended to take Sablan to the bank on Friday, but said she believes her father was unaware that there would be other people involved.

Police would not say whether the men planned to kill Shin when they met him.

"We just want to extend our condolences to the Shin family," and to the Korean community, said police Chief Frank Ishizaki. "And we want to assure the public that the Guam Police Department is going to continue to aggressively investigate and arrest ... especially violent offenders." Ishizaki also congratulated police officers for their rapid investigation of the case.

Police Lt. Steve Ignacio, acting division chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, said the investigation started with Sablan, who allegedly was the last person Kwang Oh Shin was supposed to be with.

"So we just took it from there and just developed the case and were able to bring in other people, which led to revelation of the information, which led to these arrests," Ignacio said.

The court complaint against the three men states that Allan Mesa allegedly admitted the attack to a woman, Katherine Tenorio, who contacted the police.

"Alan Mesa admitted to Katherine Tenorio that Robert Eugene Sablan has called Kwang Oh Shin to come pick him up," states a declaration filed in court by Assistant Attorney General Lewis Littlepage.

"When Kwang Oh Shin arrived and got out of his vehicle, Brian Mesa struck Kwang Oh Shin with a baseball bat and Robert Eugene Sablan hit Kwang Oh Shin with a golf club. Alan Mesa also admitted to Katherine Tenorio that Brian Mesa stabbed Kwang Oh Shin with a machete."

The island's medical examiner on Monday determined that Shin was killed by blunt force trauma.

The ranch where the alleged attack happened is the Mesa family ranch, according to police.

Ignacio, of the Criminal Investigations Division, said it was not unusual for Shin to be with Sablan since the men had been friends for years.

"Robert has known Mr. Shin since he was a teenager. Over the years they developed a close relationship. He did odd jobs for Mr. Shin here and there, but (Sablan) wasn't gainfully employed full time," Ignacio said.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

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