Habitual offender looks for $10M, allegedly threatens to kill storeowner

Just released from prison last March after serving a six-month prison term for breaking several appliances at their house in Dandan, career criminal Nestor Camacho Taitano was arrested again over the weekend, this time for allegedly coming to a store in San Vicente with a machete and threatening to kill the storeowner if her daughter would not return his $10 million.

Taitano, 41, was arrested on Saturday afternoon at a residence in San Vicente for assault and disturbing the peace.

When Police Officer David Rabauliman responded to Nang Ocha Store in San Vicente, the victim was shaking from fear.

At a hearing yesterday, Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja imposed a $5,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for Wednesday at 9am.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark was appointed as counsel for Taitano. Assistant attorney general Chester Hinds appeared for the government.

Police Detective Daniel T. Joab stated in his report that on Saturday at 4:15pm, the victim called the police that Taitano was inside Nang Ocha Store and was holding a machete.

Joab said investigation showed that earlier that morning on Saturday, Taitano called Nang Ocha Store on the phone and asked the victim about the whereabouts of her daughter.

Taitano asked the victim to tell her daughter to return his $10 million.

At 4pm that day, Taitano, carrying a machete, came to the store and threatened to kill the victim.

When Taitano left, the victim locked the store’s door. After a few minutes, he came back and attempted to open the door.

The victim told police she knew Taitano for more than 10 years and that she is sure that her daughter does not hang around with him.

The victim said she is scared because her husband is in Hawaii for medical referral escorted by her daughter.

Taitano’s mother had told police that his son turns violent whenever he’s under the influence of illegal drugs.

Taitano would scream at night or come home early morning and talk to himself. The mother said she is scared to stay at her house believing that he might hurt her or even kill her.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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