Guam stabbing rampage suspect held on $2M bail

Associated Press

A Guam judge on Wednesday ordered $2 million bail for a man accused of killing two Japanese visitors and injuring 12 others after he drove his car into pedestrians and went on a stabbing rampage in the U.S. territory's tourist district.

The prosecution requested the bail after saying Chad Ryan De Soto, 21, committed "heinous, extreme" violence rarely seen in Guam, a tropical island about 1,500 miles south of Tokyo that is heavily dependent on tourism.

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.

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

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 8-month-old son. The baby is hospitalized in stable condition, the newspaper reported.

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.

It appeared that most of the people injured in Tuesday's attack were Japanese tourists.

Guam is well-known for scuba diving, white beaches and historic World War II battle sites, and it depends heavily on tourism — particularly from Japan — for its economy.

Japanese people accounted for 73 percent of the 1.1 million visitors to Guam in the 2011 fiscal year, according to Guam Visitors Bureau data. South Koreans made up 13 percent, followed by 4 percent from Taiwan.

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