Martin I. Kapileo, the police officer who was reportedly drunk when he struck a woman with the police car he was driving, has an outstanding bench warrant, 11 previous bench warrants for small claims, a criminal case, and a history of domestic violence.
According to court records, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho issued on Feb. 9, 2012, a bench warrant for the arrest of Kapileo for not appearing in court on Jan. 30, 2012, to show cause in connection with consolidated small claims.
Camacho ordered Kapileo to be released only upon payment of $500. This bench warrant was never served to the officer, records show.
Since 1993, the Superior Court has issued at least 11 bench warrants for Kapileo's arrest for not appearing at these smalls claims hearings.
The judges who issued the bench warrants were then judges Edward Manibusan, Alexandro C. Castro, Marty W. K. Taylor, John A. Manglona, Virginia Sablan-Onerheim, and Ramona V. Manglona.
In February 2004, Kapileo's wife at the time filed a petition for protection in Superior Court due to alleged emotional and physical abuse. He would allegedly subject her to slapping, hair pulling, punching, kicking, and hitting her with objects. The order of protection was granted. Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo required Kapileo to surrender his service revolver at the end of his shift.
In October 1990, the Office of the Attorney General charged Kapileo with escape for allegedly departing from custody while being detained as a prisoner on July 27, 1990.
In that case, Kapileo was summoned to appear in court on Nov. 1, 1990. No other records were in the case file.
Kapileo, who has a rank of police officer 2, is believed to have joined the Department of Public Safety in 1998.
Police have issued traffic citations against the 50-year-old Kapileo for at least 11 violations for the hit and run case that happened last Saturday in Kannat Tabla. The victim, a 49-year-old woman, suffered lacerations on the scalp and head injuries.
According to police's investigation, the incident happened on the westbound shoulder lane of Chalan Monsignor Guerrero in Kannat Tabla between New Top Store and Coco's Building.
The victim had just finished doing her laundry at Just Laundry Mat and was walking home on the grassy area on the right shoulder by the westbound lane when the DPS truck veered off the highway and its right sideview mirror struck the pedestrian's head.
The vehicle failed to stop and sped off.