2 dead in Harmon shooting


Joseph Sagdal was booked and confined.

Guam – Guam Police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection to a double homicide in Harmon late last night.

GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says officers arrived on scene between 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Taitano Rd. on Rt. 16 Harmon. When they arrived, two male individuals with gunshot wounds were being assisted by bystanders.

One of the victims, according to Tapao, was “lifeless and unresponsive” while the other was “unresponsive.” The second man was taken to GRMC where he was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m.

Tapao says the disturbance began at the notorious Hemlani’s Apartments in Harmon along Taitano Rd. The two shooting victims were involved in an altercation with a third man identified as Joseph Nicholas Sagdal.

However, Hemlani’s Apartments Head of Security John Aguon was on duty when the shooting occurred and he says the gunshots were not fired from the Hemlani complex.

“Around the time of the incident I was on the backside of the building and I heard several shots. I immediately, because it sounded so close to my building, ran around to the front, but I saw nothing happening in the front of my building. But everybody in my building was running up towards Hana Mart and the bus stop,” said Aguon.

Aguon reported that he heard six loud pops or bangs which turned out to be gun shots, further stating that four individuals were shot. Two died and, according to Aguon, two were injured.

As it turns out, the victims were relatives of one of the residents at Hemlani’s Apartments and according to the relative who wishes to remain anonymous, her nephew and her cousins stopped by her home earlier in the evening to borrow money before the fatal shooting occurred. Like Aguon, she stressed that there was no disturbance at her residence.

At the scene, two vehicles were found, a silver Nissan Sentra, a blue Toyota sedan and the gunman identified by police as 24-year-old Joseph Nicholas Sagdal. Police also discovered the handgun which police say is registered to Sagdal.

The relative of the victims identified the two who were fatally shot as Brokey Thamaso and Avy Marichung.

Sagdal was arrested for two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and two counts of reckless conduct.

He was booked and confined.









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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.