Man allegedly assaults ex-wife over child tax

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A man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his former wife because she refused to sign for their children’s child tax.

Eduardo Manahan, 51, was charged with two domestic violence charges after allegedly assaulting his former wife because she did not want to sign their children’s child tax in order for him to cash it.

Manahan has been released to a third-party custodian after posting $1,000 of his initial $5,000 bail and is scheduled for an arraignment on Sept. 21.

According to court documents, Department of Public Safety officers responded to a domestic violence complaint on Aug. 28 at about 11:32am, at a residence behind XO Market in Gualo Rai.

Upon arriving at the scene, authorities met with the caller, a 17-year-old boy, who called to report that his father, Manahan, had hit his mother.

DPS officers learned from the alleged victim that an argument that led to a physical altercation between herself and Manahan occurred in front of their children over a child tax check. The children even provided authorities with photos they took of Manahan assaulting the woman.

She told police that Manahan arrived at her home at about 11:50am and asked her to sign the child tax check but she refused. She told police that she refused to sign the check because she has custody of the children, adding that Manahan never even gave her the children’s share of his stimulus payment after receiving it back in May.

After refusing to sign the check, the victim said she folded the check and hid it in her pants in her navel. This angered Manahan and he demanded the check be returned to him.

Manahan then allegedly grabbed both of the victim’s biceps, squeezing them tightly, before turning her around to hold her wrists behind her back. He then used one of his hands to shove the victim’s head downwards in the direction of her knees.

The victim said Manahan then told their son to get the check from her pocket. Manahan then let go of the victim but brought her back to the same position and tried, again, to retrieve the check. The victim then told her children to call the police.

After Manahan’s failed attempts to retrieve the check, the victim said he picked up an electrical metal fan nearby and threw it on the ground, causing the metal blades to break.

In an interview with Manahan, he told police that he did get into an argument with his ex-wife over the children’s child tax. He said she stuffed the check in her pocket so he grabbed her in an attempt to take the check back and broke the fan because he was angry.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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