Male suspect in domestic violence case pleads guilty


A man who was arrested twice last year on charges of domestic violence and repeatedly punching the window of a car being driven by a minor has pleaded guilty in Superior Court.

Jiro Kazuo Takai, 22, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assault and battery-domestic violence and disturbing the peace as part of a “global” plea agreement.

Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo said that Takai will be sent to prison during his sentencing on March 28, 2017.

As part of the plea deal, assistant attorney general Jonathan Robert Glass Jr., counsel for the government, dropped the charge of robbery and disturbing the peace involving a minor.

Govendo ordered the Office of the Adult Probation to prepare a presentence investigation report as soon as possible.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Takai punched his then-girlfriend in the face, causing her bodily harm and to be scared, on Sept. 27, 2016.

The victim suffered multiple injuries and could barely walk because of pain after Takai beat her up during their argument at his residence in Kannat Tabla, police said.

Takai was arrested last October. He subsequently posted bail. The following month, police arrested him again, this time for allegedly chasing a car being driven by a minor and repeatedly punching the window after she refused to open the door.

The 16-year-old girl was panting and her hands were shaking as she and her companion approached a police officer for help. Her 15-year-old male friend, who was her passenger, was also panting, police said. The two minors were on their way to school at that time.

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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