Cop pleads not guilty to beating up wife


A rookie police officer who was arrested for allegedly beating up his wife, who is also a police officer, pleaded not guilty yesterday.

At his arraignment, 38-year-old Ramon Saures Kaipat came with his court-appointed counsel, Rosemond Santos.

Kaipat pleaded not guilty to assault and battery and disturbing the peace.

Assistant attorney general Heather Barcinas appeared for the government.

There will be a bench trial on May 15, 2017.

Kaipat is accused of hitting his wife several times on the head and body last Jan. 13.

Police officers responded to the parking lot across the Truong’s Restaurant along Beach Road in Susupe at 11:18pm after receiving a call about a disturbing the peace incident.

A police detective saw Kaipat on top of his wife on the passenger side seat of a Nissan Altima car. Kaipat was reportedly holding down his wife’s head on the seat. The wife was stepping on the car’s horn, causing it to honk several times. He also allegedly wrapped his arm around her neck in a headlock.

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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