Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman has imposed a $100,000 cash bail for the temporary release of Michael Jordan Cabrera, a habitual offender who allegedly robbed a female tourist in Garapan.
In a hearing last week, Wiseman prohibited the 23-year-old Cabrera from leaving Saipan and required him to surrender all travel documents.
Wiseman ordered Cabrera not to have any contact with the victim and her husband, both Chinese nationals, and the witness, a teenage bystander who was instrumental in the suspect's arrest.
Preliminary hearing will be on Oct. 23 at 1:30pm.
Police said the victim, a 26-year-old tourist, sustained a small bruise on the right shoulder caused by the strap of the purse, which the suspect ripped off. Police recovered the wallet during the chase.
The snatching happened in front of Tun Kiku Building on Monday night, Oct. 15.
Police detective Jeffrey I. Norita stated in his report that prior to the robbery, the couple had just finished shopping at DFS in Garapan and were on their way back to their hotel room at Century Hotel.
Norita said that as the couple were on their way to the hotel, a man later identified as Cabrera walked behind them and pulled the purse from the woman's right shoulder.
The woman and her husband almost fell to the ground. The woman started screaming for help as her husband chased Cabrera, who ran west between the Tun Kiku Building and Happy Market.
An 18-year-old bystander, who was outside his house behind Family Building, heard the victim's scream for help. The teenager assisted the tourists and chased the suspect.
As the teenager was chasing the suspect, police officers arrived and took over the pursuit.