Airport firefighter arrested for alleged beating of ex-girlfriend

Posted on Aug 23 2011

A Commonwealth Ports Authority firefighter was arrested Monday night for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend in the parking lot of Aquarius Beach Tower Hotel in Chalan Kanoa early Saturday morning.

The alleged victim reportedly suffered bruises on her left and right shoulders, and abrasions on the left forearm.

Giovanni Camacho Sablan, who is also a mixed martial arts fighter with the moniker “The Fighter” and “Palaksi,” was taken to the Superior Court yesterday afternoon for a Gerstein hearing—usually done when the arrest of a person is done without an arrest warrant.

Superior Court associate judge David A. Wiseman found probable cause to continue Sablan’s detention on charges of assault and battery, attempted kidnapping, and disturbing the peace. His bail was set at $10,000 cash.

Preliminary hearing will be on Sept. 1.

Preliminary police investigation showed that the victim was driving home at 1:35am Saturday when a pickup truck pulled up next to her on the outer southbound lane near Mount Carmel Cathedral. The truck’s window was rolled down and the victim noticed it was Sablan, who was shouting at her to pull over so they could talk.

The victim got scared so she sped up, but her former boyfriend allegedly cut in front of her and applied the brakes. This caused her to swerve to the right to avoid a collision.

Sablan allegedly kept swerving his truck back and forth in front of her so she decided to proceed to the parking lot of Aquarius Beach Tower Hotel for safety.

Sablan jumped out of his truck, got into the victim’s passenger seat, and shouted at her for not answering his text messages and phone calls.

The victim ran toward the hotel’s lobby, but Sablan chased her and allegedly grabbed her from behind. The victim screamed for help when she noticed what seemed like a taxi driver and a security guard in the area.

Sablan also allegedly threw the victim thrice onto her car. When Sablan allegedly noticed that there were people watching and that police officers were coming, he got into his truck and fled.

At yesterday’s hearing, Wiseman found out that Sablan has two outstanding bench warrants for two traffic cases involving charges of speeding, reckless driving, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Sablan is a firefighter at CPA’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Unit.

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