3 arrested for allegedly beating man over $500 loan


Three men allegedly brought a man to Marpi, beat him up there, and threatened to throw him off a cliff last Thursday night for allegedly failing to pay $500 in loan plus $1,500 in interest.

Ruijian Huang, 36; Chao Xi Huang, 29; and Wen Wang, 34, were arrested for alleged kidnapping, assault and battery, assault, and disturbing the peace.

Two police officers who responded to a barracks in Tanapag saw the victim sitting, crying, and trembling.

A $25,000 cash bail was initially imposed on each of the suspects. A bail hearing was set yesterday afternoon before Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio.

Police said a man called the Department of Public Safety on Thursday at 8:15pm and reported that an employee of MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. had been beaten up and was at the former Top Fashion garment factory in Tanapag.

The victim told the two responding police officers that he borrowed $500 from a man he only knows as Mr. Huang, who has been selling alcoholic beverages from the back of his car to MCC employees in front of their barracks.

The victim told police that Huang, later identified as Ruijian Huang, later returned with two other MCC employees, Chao Huang and Wang. The three allegedly grabbed the victim and forced him inside a white car, with license plate ACU 105.

The suspects then drove him to a mountainous area in Marpi. The victim said one of the suspects slapped and punched him in the face. Ruijian Huang allegedly threatened that he knows people who can kill the victim.

One of the suspects threatened to throw the victim off the mountain. When the suspects dropped him back at the barracks, the victim immediately went to the security office, whom he asked to call police.

At 9:42pm that same day, police units found the car in the parking lot of the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.

A police officer escorted the victim to the Carolinian Utt parking area, where he identified the three suspects. The suspects were then arrested.

Police detective Vincent A. Igisaiar disclosed that during his follow-up interview that night, the victim revealed that he had been gambling and lost money last Nov. 5. The victim borrowed from Ruijian Huang $200 and later another $300.

Later that month, Ruijian Huang approached him and demanded payment for the $500 he borrowed. When he told him he did not have money, Ruijian Huang told him he will be charging him $25 in interest per day.

The victim said he was so scared and agreed to pay back the $500 plus $1,500 interest.

The suspects then dropped him back off by the road of his barracks. Ruijian Huang threatened him again.

The victim instead asked the security guard at their barracks to call the police.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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