Camacho’s co-defendant Nikiti ordered to appear in court today


The Superior Court has issued a penal summons ordering one of Rep. Vicente Camacho’s (D-Saipan) co-defendants in an assault case to appear in court today.

The Superior Court clerk of court issued a penal summons to Tiepo A. Nikiti, 21, ordering him to appear before Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja today at 9am.

Nikiti, who is accused of assaulting Steven Koch last Oct. 29, on Freedom Drive, Chinatown, must appear before the judge or a warrant may be issued for his arrest.

Like the Precinct 3 representative, Nikiti has also been charged with assault and battery and disturbing the peace.

According to the official charging documents filed in court, Nikiti is one of the men accused of helping Camacho assault Koch while Koch was on a walk with his daughter on the evening of Oct. 29.

The other individual who was also accused of assaulting Koch is reportedly a 14-year-old juvenile.

Camacho, 60, was arrested by the Department of Public Safety on the evening of Nov. 2, 2021, but he immediately posted $1,250 cash bail and is out of custody.

Due to the assault, Koch reportedly suffered abrasions, bruising, and pain in his head and body from the blows, and was taken to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. for examination.

On Nov. 1, Koch, his wife and daughter asked the Superior Court to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting Camacho, Nikiti, Ignacio “Ike” S. Concepcion, and Fiel Reynaldo Ortiz from engaging in any further physical harm, disturbance, harassment, blocking, threats, and verbal abuse.

On Nov. 12, Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho issued the temporary restraining order and one-year protective order against Camacho, Nikiti, Concepcion, and Ortiz.

The assault incident is believed to have stemmed from a longstanding animosity between Koch and his brother-in-law, Concepcion.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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