DPS still searching for armed man

Posted on May 10 2021



The Department of Safety is still searching for Don Jr. P. Sanchez, a man who is considered armed and dangerous, according to DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero.

Speaking at the media briefing last Friday, Guerrero says Sanchez is wanted for drug trafficking and possession of illegal firearms, which is why they are still looking for him.

“We continuously have officers that are searching. We’ve had a couple leads and, again, thank you to the community for any leads that may give us his whereabouts. He is considered dangerous, so please be careful out there,” said Guerrero.

Also, Sanchez is wanted for allegedly receiving stolen property, failure to complete firearms owner identification requirement, removal of firearm serial number, possession of a controlled substance, and trafficking of a controlled substance.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, Sanchez was reportedly involved a drive-by shooting in San Jose, Saipan last Sept. 20, 2020, but it was then quickly learned that he had shot himself accidentally and was arrested and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm.

At the time, DPS said officers met with the caller who informed them that their friend was shot in the leg from a passing vehicle. Officers got the description of the vehicle and immediately notified all units to be on the look-out.

Officers reported that the victim was screaming in pain and was lying face up and bleeding from his left thigh. Medics quickly brought Sanchez to the Commonwealth Health Center for further treatment.

After further inspection, officers learned from witnesses at the scene that the incident was self-inflicted due to an accidental discharge of a handgun. The pistol was later recovered and procured as evidence.

Last April 29, DPS released a statement saying that they have received several tips that Sanchez might be operating or roaming in a silver Rav4 (LP# AER-101) or a charcoal Mazda 6 (LP#ADE-603).

DPS said if anyone has any information on Sanchez, the encourage to call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the CNMI Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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