Man allegedly attempts to jump off bldg.


Thirty-six-year-old Jordan Tudela attempts to jump off a three-story building in Chalan Kanoa as Department of Public Safety officers persuade him to reconsider. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

A 36-year-old man allegedly attempted to jump off a three-story building in Chalan Kanoa last Saturday because of allegations that he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl.

Last Saturday, Jordan Tudela, a 36-year-old Palauan/Chamorro male, attempted to jump off a three-story building in Chalan Kanoa.

At the scene, friends and family members of Tudela who were present said that he was thinking of ways to escape allegations pertaining to him sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

According to a source, the Department of Youth Services is currently investigating the allegations against Tudela.

Neighbors that surrounded the scene also shared that Tudela had been drinking heavily during the day up until he attempted jumping off the building.

After nearly four hours, law enforcement officers were able to talk Tudela out of jumping. They arrested him at the scene and brought him to Department of Corrections.

At the scene, dozens of Department of Public Safety officers and Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services officers were on standby.

Tudela’s wife and brother talked him out of jumping.

According to numerous passersby, Tudela had been up on the building since 5:30pm and remained there up until 9pm.

For nearly four hours, massive traffic congestion was observed as police blocked off the entire road, starting from the Chalan Piao intersection up to the stoplight turning into the post office.

Witnesses at the scene said that Tudela is a former Department of Corrections officer. A reader insists he is actually a former inmate. Department of Public Safety officers at the scene declined to clarify this with the Saipan Tribune.

The Saipan Tribune’s attempts to get a statement from DPS have been declined and no public report has been issued about the incident as of 5:40pm yesterday.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores 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

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