A former juvenile delinquent is facing charges of theft and burglary for allegedly stealing from a Korean national some $600 from the victim’s second floor apartment on Dec.. 5.
Police records reveal that the suspect, Norman Taitano Manglona, also committed armed robbery and auto theft on a separate victim that same day.
The 20-year-old defendant is also being sued for counts of possession of ammunition and marijuana.
According to police, Mr. Manglona broke into Mr. Yoon’s apartment through the eastern sliding door after which he proceeded to go through the tenant’s drawers in search for valuable items.
Mr. Yoon, in a testimony, said missing from his apartment were 10,000 Korean won ($400 U.S.), another $120, and a set of playing cards worth $4.
A witness who lives within the victim’s apartment building attested that she saw what appeared to be three local individuals enter Mr. Yoon’s apartment. Feeling suspicious, the witness went inside her ground floor apartment and dialed 911 for police assistance.
When she saw Mr. Yoon arrive minutes later, she warned him of what she saw outside his apartment earlier. It was not the first time the witness saw the suspect, Mr. Manglona, around the apartment area.
The police officer said he apprehended the suspect at around 12:12 a.m. for burglary and theft and transported him to the Division of Corrections where Mr. Manglona was booked and detained for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the suspect pled not guilty to charges filed against him by the Attorney General’s Office during a bail hearing yesterday where the Superior Court set a $15,000-amount for his temporary release.
Mr. Manglona’s arraignment has been set for Jan. 8, 2001. Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2000.
Incoming case priors for the defendant include charges of robbery and theft of vehicle in two separate occasions in Nov. 1997.
Last Sept. 9, 2000, Mr. Manglona was also charged with similar crimes.