$15K bail set for man accused of threatening neighbor with gun


The Superior Court has imposed a $15,000 cash bail on a man accused of threatening his neighbor with a gun and hitting him with a car. 

Last Friday, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho imposed a $15,000 cash bail on Julian Thomas Muna Sablan, a man accused of pointing a gun at his neighbor’s head at a store in Garapan and hitting him with a car. 

Sablan, 34, is currently facing charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

During his hearing, Sablan was represented by assistant public defender Tyler Scott who asked the court that his client be allowed to post 10% of the cash bail.

However, assistant attorney general Frances Demapan opposed the request and asked the court to maintain the bail amount, citing Sablan’s past arrest records, and violations of previously imposed probation.

After hearing from the parties, Camacho denied the defense’s request but allowed the defendant to look for a suitable third-party custodian. 

Sablan was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and was ordered to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 7 at 2:30pm while his arraignment was set for Oct. 17 at 9 am.

According to the complaint against Sablan, the victim said he was walking from his house at Lower MIHA and was headed to a store when he saw a white car to his left driving toward him at high speed. 

He said he jumped to try to avoid the car from hitting him, but the vehicle still hit his left leg causing him to land on its hood and then fall to the ground.  

According to the victim, he did not know the driver at that time until the driver got out of the vehicle and the victim realized that it was his neighbor, Sablan. 

The victim said Sablan got out of the car holding what appeared to be a gun and started walking toward him while he was still on the ground.

He said when he got up, Sablan wrapped his left arm around the back of his neck and pointed a gun to his head.

The victim said he tried to take his phone out from his pocket during the altercation to call the police but Sablan grabbed his phone.

The victim said he managed to get his phone back when the storekeeper came out and warned the two that he would call the police. 

This prompted Sablan to walk toward the storekeeper and point the gun at him, threatening to go back into the store or he would kill him too.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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