A man who was arrested in May last year for allegedly burglarizing a car rented by a group of tourists was apprehended again on Tuesday night for a similar offense.
William Deleon Guerrero, 33, was taken to Superior Court Friday on charges of robbery, burglary, and theft. His bail was set at $21,000 cash.
Police detective Jeffrey Norita stated in his report that Deleon Guerrero was with his girlfriend and their child when he grabbed a purse belonging to a female employee of Hana Tour at Smiling Cove Marina on Tuesday night.
The victim said the purse contained $2,000 cash and $2,000 in checks.
Norita said investigation showed that the Hana Tour employee was standing outside the company's van when she noticed that the van's passenger door was open and her purse was missing.
The employee saw the suspect hiding in front of the van so she shouted for help and chased him on foot. The employee's female friend noticed the commotion and joined the chase.
The suspect jumped into the driver's side of a white Toyota Corolla four-door sedan with license plate ABX-664 where a woman was in the passenger seat holding a child on her lap.
The victim's friend jumped on top of the car's hood in an attempt to force the driver to stop. The car sped off, prompting the victim's friend to jump off to avoid injury.
Norita said that, later that night a patrol officer located the vehicle and the driver identified as Deleon Guerrero at a residence in As Lito.
Norita said that Deleon Guerrero admitted that he and his girlfriend and their 1-year-old son were strolling earlier that night at Smiling Cove Marina.
Norita said the defendant has a similar case that is pending for jury trial on June 3, 2013.
In May 2012, Deleon Guerrero was arrested for allegedly burglarizing a car rented by a group of tourists and attempting to steal their belongings at the Coral Ocean Point beachside in As Gonno.