Man, 61, arrested for stabbing another

A man was wounded when a 61-year-old man allegedly challenged him and two other men to a fight and later stabbed him in the abdomen with a three-inch long knife at the Dandan baseball field Sunday afternoon.

Darwin Masaharu was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center for a two-inch deep puncture wound on the right side of his abdomen. X-ray revealed that no internal organs were affected, police said.

The suspect, Marino T. Aldan, was arrested and taken to Superior Court yesterday morning for a bail hearing on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace.

Associate Judge Theresa Kim-Tenorio granted assistant attorney general Barbara Cepeda’s request that the original bail of $5,250 cash be increased to $15,000 cash.

Kim-Tenorio, however, allowed Aldan to post only 10 percent or $1,500 cash and unsecured bond plus a third-party custodian for his temporary release.

Preliminary hearing will be on June 12 at 9am.

Police detective Simon T. Manacop stated in his report that victim Masaharu had been drinking with James Miwata and Victor Ngiraswei at the Dandan baseball field Sunday afternoon when Aldan approached them and challenged them to a fight.

Aldan was allegedly persistent in his challenge, prompting Ngiraswei to punch him twice in the face.

Aldan’s son, Lewis, walked up to Ngiraswei and allegedly punched him in the face using a brass knuckle. The punch caused lacerations just beside Ngiraswei’s right eye.

Masaharu intervened and tried to subdue Lewis, triggering a struggle.

During the police’s interview at CHC, Masaharu stated that he approached Lewis after the altercation and advised him to apologize to Ngiraswei for punching him.

While talking to Lewis, who was inside his vehicle, Masaharu felt a sharp pain on the right side of his abdomen. Masaharu turned around and saw Aldan putting a knife inside his pocket and acting as if nothing happened.

Masaharu was later brought by an ambulance to CHC.

Miwata told police that he tried break up the fight and grabbed the knife that Aldan was holding and threw it in the jungle area. Miwata later discovered that Masaharu had been stabbed. Aldan was then arrested.

Manacop said that during an interview at the Department of Corrections, Aldan admitted to stabbing Masaharu using a knife that he used to cut his betel nut. Police recovered the knife at the scene.

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

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