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DPS officer pleads not guilty to criminal mischief


A police officer has pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief after being accused of breaking the windows of gaming arcades.

Vinnie Saures Inos Jr., 22, pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal mischief filed against him by the Commonwealth.

During his arraignment last Monday, Inos was represented by assistant public defendant Jean Nogues; assistant attorney general Robert Glass appeared for the government.

According to police, Inos broke the windows of Orchid and Rainbow poker parlors on Sept. 12, 2018. Inos was arrested shortly after. He posted a $500 bail. He was ordered to appear in court on Sept. 24, 2018.

At the Sept. 24, 2018 hearing, the Office of the Attorney General reportedly failed to file a criminal complaint against Inos so the hearing was rescheduled for Oct. 15, 2018. The OAG, again, failed to provide a written criminal complaint.

During the next hearing on Nov. 26, 2018, the court appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Inos.

Inos, through Nogues, objected to a third adjournment, saying the court had no jurisdiction for lack of information.

On Nov. 28, 2018, the government filed the information charging Inos with two counts of criminal mischief.

Nogues requested the court dismiss the charges, but Glass objected.

On Jan. 28, 2019, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja denied the defense’s motion to dismiss, but exonerated Inos’ bail of $500.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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