Arrest of federal probationer Edwin Blas ordered


A federal probationer who allegedly stole four truck batteries from his former employer is in more trouble after he was accused of punching his wife, hitting her mouth with a beer can, and shattering the windows of her car with a beer can and rock at a beach in Chalan Kanoa Sunday night.

Edwin Peter Blas was allegedly drunk during the assault and was also intoxicated when a U.S. probation officer and a deputy U.S. Marshal visited him at a house in Chalan Kanoa last Monday.

Due to these incidents, the U.S. Probation Office asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI to issue a warrant of arrest for Blas and order him to explain why his supervised release should not be revoked.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona granted yesterday the U.S. Probation Office’s request for an arrest warrant.

According to U.S. probation officer Gregory F. Arriola, Blas is required to abstain from alcoholic beverages and submit to testing to detect for the consumption of alcohol.

Arriola disclosed that last Sunday at 11:04pm, Department of Public Safety police officers responded to the beach side of the Aquarius Beach Tower about a woman whose face was bleeding.

The woman, who was identified as Blas’ wife, informed the officer that Blas had damaged the windshield of her vehicle and left the area on foot.

The officer saw that the wife was also intoxicated.

The wife said she and Blas arrived at the beach at 8pm to drink with some friends. She later left the group to get food. When she went back, Blas said something that prompted her to attempt to leave. As she was revving her car’s engine. Blas threw a rock at the windshield. He also threw a beer can, shattering the vehicle’s back window. Blas opened the hood of the vehicle and attempted to throw a hollow block at the engine, but she was able to stop him.

Blas then allegedly hit her mouth with a beer can and punched her, causing her lips to bleed. Holding a knife, he allegedly threatened to kill her.

The wife said Blas has been physically abusing her.

Arriola said that when he and deputy U.S. Marshal John Vega found Blas at a house in Chalan Kanoa last Monday, he saw an open can of beer on the floor of the house.

Arriola said Blas was subjected to a breathalyzer test, which showed that he had blood alcohol level of .062 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Arriola said Blas admitted he had consumed four cans of beer.

Arriola said Blas also admitted damaging the windows of his wife’s car with a rock.

Last week, Arriola informed the federal court that DPS is investigating Blas for allegedly stealing four truck batteries, then selling them with two other car batteries for $40 last November.

Blas is a registered sex offender and has previous convictions.. 

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

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