Inmate allegedly stabs visitor at DOC


An inmate serving a life sentence for kidnapping and attempted murder allegedly stabbed a female visitor with a toothbrush at the Department of Corrections in Susupe on Sunday afternoon.

Multiple sources disclosed that inmate Gerald Sablan attacked the female visitor inside DOC’s visitation area and that the victim was injured and taken to the Commonwealth Health Center.

Lt. Jose Castro of DOC’s Professional Standards Unit confirmed with Saipan Tribune yesterday that Sablan assaulted the female visitor with a toothbrush.

Castro said the victim was injured and was taken by medics to CHC.

“The issue is still under investigation both by the Department of Public Safety and DOC,” Castro said.

He said DOC officers responded and subsequently subdued Sablan.

The lieutenant said he could not elaborate because he needs to find out who were there in the visitation area and who witnessed the incident.

“Until such time we get information then we will release the full information. We’re not going to hide anything,” Castro said.

A source said the victim visited her boyfriend at DOC and she told him she was leaving for Guam.

Sablan then allegedly stabbed the victim with a toothbrush.

It was not clear whether the victim is Sablan’s girlfriend.

In 2006, the Superior Court sentenced Sablan to life in prison for the kidnapping and attempted murder of a gas attendant in 2005.

While in prison, Sablan also assaulted his former girlfriend at DOC in 2007, Saipan Tribune learned.

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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