$20K bail for poker rob suspect

The Superior Court set a bail of $20,000 yesterday for a woman who allegedly robbed a poker arcade and threatened a woman at knifepoint.

Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed the cash bail of $20,000 on Artemia Gabayeron, 51.

Gabayeron is facing multiple charges, including robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and disturbing the peace.

Gabayeron is scheduled to return to court on April 24 for a preliminary hearing and on April 29 for an arraignment.

During the bail hearing yesterday, Office of the Attorney General’s Frances Demapan proposed an initial bail of $100,000 because of the nature of the offense, the amount of evidence against Gabayeron, the effect her actions had on the victim, and because Gabayeron allegedly poses a threat to the community.

Artemia Gabayeron

Chief public defender Doug Hartig, representing Gabayeron, said that, although the Commonwealth made some good points, Gabayeron is not a flight risk and the bail amount should be reduced because she is unemployed.

Gabayeron, who works at a Susupe hotel, was put on administrative leave at her job after news of her alleged crime spread in news outlets.

Court information mentions that a human resources representative from the hotel helped police identify Gabayeron through photos from the surveillance footage, confirming that it was, in fact, Gabayeron and directed police to Gabayeron’s residence in As Terlaje.

Aside from identification by her employer, Gabayeron was also identified by the victim in a six-person lineup.

Gabayeron was allegedly caught on surveillance footage robbing the Royal Poker gaming arcade in Oleai last Thursday. Gabayeron was reportedly seen entering the arcade and leaving after robbing the cashier of exactly $649.

The suspect allegedly walked into the establishment between 6:30am and 6:45am after security had left and made sure that there were no other people inside the establishment before proceeding with the robbery.

The suspect called the cashier for assistance first before forcing her way into the cashier’s area and holding the cashier at knifepoint.

A short struggle occurred before the suspect was able to open the cash register and grab a handful of cash valued at $649.

The suspect then fled the establishment, going south toward Oleai.

Gabayeron was apprehended two days later at her home.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.
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