Police arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly bullying and beating up a minor after the minor refused to fight with him and his companion in San Antonio on Monday night.
Michael Kazuo Lagahin Ito was arrested for disturbing the peace and assault and battery. His bail was initially set at $1,500 cash but he was later allowed to post $150 cash and $1,350 in unsecured bond.
Police detective Jason T. Tarkong stated in his report that three police officers were dispatched to San Antonio in response to a disturbance near the village’s Manhoben Youth Center.
Tarkong said the officers met with the victim, a 17-year-old Korean male, who had blood stains on his white T-shirt and on his dark-colored pants. The victim was bleeding from a laceration on the left side of his upper lip that was about an inch and a half long. The alleged victim received nine stitches on his lips and was released from the Commonwealth Health Center after treatment.
Police officer Ralph Rangamar learned from the victim that Ito punched and kicked him several times. The victim claimed that Ito is a known bully at school and in the village.
Tarkong learned that the victim and an 18-year-old friend were playing basketball at the Manhoben Youth Center when Ito, who was with a minor, approached them and challenged the victim to fight his companion.
When the victim refused, Ito allegedly kicked him on the left side of the rib and punched him twice in the face, causing his lips to bleed.
The victim’s friend ran and Ito chased him. Ito’s companion then allegedly continued to assault the victim several times by punching his legs and arms.
After being arrested, Ito allegedly confessed to police officers Rudy Sablan and Joe Magofna that he punched and kicked the victim.
Ito’s preliminary hearing is on June 3 and he is ordered to appear in court on June 8.
It was not immediately learned if Ito’s companion was also arrested.