A jury trial has been scheduled for a man who allegedly stabbed another for trying to stop him from stealing.
Ken Matzue, 43, will return to court for a jury trial on June 24. A pretrial conference was set for April 17.
Matzue was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after a stabbing incident led to his arrest in October 2018.
Matzue remains in the custody of the Department of Correction for failing to post a bail of $15,000.
According to Saipan Tribune archives, Matzue allegedly stabbed a man who stopped him from stealing four pieces of beer at a store.
The Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a robbery and stabbing incident at New Chang Ming Market in Garapan on Oct. 14, 2018.
The report stated that police arrived at the scene of the crime at 6:59pm and found the victim with lacerations on his chest.
During an interview with the victim, he told police that Matzue came into the store and went straight to the chiller. The victim said he allegedly saw Matzue place four cans of beer into his bag and then walk over to the cash register with one beer in his hand.
The victim told police that he followed Matzue to the counter to ensure that he pays for the beers in his bag, but Matzue only paid for the one can he was holding in his hand.
After paying for the beer, the victim told Matzue to take out the four beers in his bag. When Matzue opened his bag, the victim took out the beers and did not realize that Matzue pulled a knife out of his right pocket.
Matzue allegedly stabbed the victim in his chest but the victim blocked the action and sustained a stab wound on his hand and small puncture in the chest.
Matzue immediately ran off. The victim contacted 911 to report the incident.