Crash man goes on knife rampage

Last updated 12:22 13/02/2013

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Guam police say three people are dead after a man crashed a car into a convenience store at a resort, then got out and began stabbing those around him, sending frightened hotel guests fleeing for safety.

Eleven others were hurt after the crash at a shopping area at the Outrigger Guam Resort on Monday night (local time), the Pacific Daily News in Hagatna reported on Tuesday (http://goo.gl/8qxzk). Fire officials say a total of 14 people were taken to Guam Memorial Hospital.

Guam Police Chief Fred Bordallo said at a news conference that authorities had a suspect, described as a "young adult male", in custody. No additional details about the investigation have been released.

A woman at a nearby cafe with friends told the newspaper that she saw the car plow through the driveway and into an ABC Store fronting the resort. Ashley Quichocho, 18, of Dededo says the driver got out, ran up to bystanders and began stabbing them.

"He started stabbing someone, and I started freaking out," Quichocho said. "He was just running back and forth stabbing people."

Quichocho said she ran to the second floor of the hotel with other guests to escape.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said the US territory is working with the Japanese Consulate to provide support and assistance to the families of victims.

The resort is at Guam's Tumon Bay, which includes a shopping centre with retailers and restaurants. ABC Stores is a chain of convenience stores based in Honolulu.

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