Lower bail amount OK’d for suspect in assault case


Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio granted yesterday the request of Division of Fish and Wildlife conservation officer Marvin Rodney Pangelinan to modify the $25,000 cash bail imposed on him in connection with the criminal charges filed against him.

Kim-Tenorio allowed the 43-year-old Pangelinan to post $2,500 cash bail—10 percent of the original $25,000. The judge found Pangelinan’s wife, Sheila, suitable to serve as his third-party custodian.

The judge, however, set conditions that Pangelinan must comply with, such as a 5pm to 7am daily curfew. He is allowed to leave the house from 7am to 5:30pm on weekdays. He is prohibited from leaving home without his wife on weekends.

Pangelinan is also prohibited from having any contact with the alleged victim and the Payless Supermarket in Chalan Kanoa.

Arraignment will be on March 16 at 9am.

Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer served as counsel for Pangelinan.

Assistant attorney general Emily Cohen opposed the motion to lower the bail amount, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Police arrested Pangelinan on Monday for allegedly poking the neck of a female cashier at Payless Supermarket for no apparent reason and then throwing six unopened beer cans at her for confronting him.

Police served Pangelinan with an arrest warrant on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

Police detective Dee Liza S. Udui stated in her report that, according to the victim, it was the first time she saw Pangelinan and that when he threw the six cans of beer at her, she was hit in the stomach, legs, and feet.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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