Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guam: Third Victim, 51, Dies from Assailant Driving into Crowd, Slashing Everyone in Sight, 11 Injured

According to The Asscociated Press, and my posting of yesterday (February 13), a third person has died after being hit by a car during an apparent mental health rampage in Guam's tourist district that left two others dead and 11 people injured.

The charges against the assailant,  Chad Ryan De Soto, 21, will now be increased.

De Soto is accused of driving into several people with his gray Toyota Yaris late Tuesday (February 12) as he drove onto a sidewalk and into a convenience store at the Outrigger Hotel. After exiting his car, De Soto proceeded to stab as many innocent people as he could before he was arrested.

A local judge ordered De Soto to be remanded into custody on a bail of  $2 million. The prosecution requested the bail after saying the suspect committed "heinous, extreme" violence rarely seen in Guam, a tropical island about 1,500 miles south of Tokyo that is heavily dependent on tourism. 

COMMENT: The two Japanese women stabbed to death were Kazuko Uehara, 81, and Rie Sugiyama, 29. Those injured with De Soto's knife included Sugiyama's eight-month-old son. The baby is hospitalized in stable condition.

As we have seen all too often in the past, our societies no doubt must promptly address violence associated with the mentally ill, which appears to be escalating by the week.

While most of us assume that everyone we come into contact with is of sound mind and faculties, based upon the numerous mass-casualty events we've witnessed of late, this is obviously an assumption and not an established fact.