Police arrest man accused of mass stabbing in Guam

Wednesday - 2/13/2013, 3:34am EST

Witnesses comfort each other after 21-year-old Chad Ryan Desoto of Tamuning allegedly drove a Toyota Yaris through a crowd of people in the island's visitor district in Tumon, Guam on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, crashing into an ABC Store, and stabbing several individuals. Three people are dead and 11 are injured. (AP Photo/The Pacific Daily, Rick Cruz)

AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

A man accused of killing two Japanese visitors and injuring a dozen others after crashing his car and stabbing people in a major tourist district in Guam has been arrested and faces multiple charges, police said Wednesday.

Chad Ryan DeSoto, 21, of Tamuning is accused of driving a Toyota Yaris onto a sidewalk and striking seven tourists Tuesday night at an upscale shopping area fronting the Outrigger Guam Resort in Tumon Bay, Guam police spokesman A.J. Balajadia said. DeSoto continued driving on the sidewalk, crashing into the wall of a convenience store. He then left his car and started stabbing people, police said.

DeSoto is charged with two counts of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder and 13 counts of aggravated assault, Balajadia said. No motive or other details on the investigation were released.

DeSoto was scheduled due to appear before a magistrate judge the Superior Court of Guam on Wednesday to be formally charged.

Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 14 Japanese tourists were attacked, including two who died. Two of the injured have been released from the hospital after being treated, Suga said.

Japanese media reported the dead were two women aged 28 and 82 and the survivors included an 8-month-old baby.

An official with Japanese travel operator H.I.S. Co. said eight of its customers were injured in the attack -- including some with broken bones -- but none were killed.

The wreck and alleged knife attack among high-end boutiques and hotels in Tumon Bay's Pleasure Island district sent frightened hotel guests and others fleeing for safety.

A woman at a nearby caf
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