Man allegedly cuts woman’s throat


The Superior Court imposed a $20,000 cash bail on a man who is accused of cutting a woman’s throat and strangling her.

Youlin Zhou, who is facing assault with a dangerous weapon and strangulation charges, was given a cash bail of $20,000. However, because Zhou was unable to make bail, he remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

Zhou, 46, through his lawyer, waived his scheduled preliminary hearing before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan.

According to court documents, the victim, through a translator, told police that Zhou was her boyfriend and that she was ending their relationship, which resulted in him reacting in rage. The victim said Zhou choked her and twisted her thumb to prevent her from leaving when they were at a bar in Garapan. Zhou then took out a knife and cut her throat twice.

Police officers noted that the victim had two lacerations on her neck.

The victim said that when Zhou calmed down, he called a taxi to take them to his apartment.

The taxi driver who was taking them home asked the victim about her neck so she told the driver what allegedly happened. The driver then called a friend who spoke better English, who also served as an interpreter for the victim.

In a statement to the police, Zhou claimed that the victim is a sex worker and that he got very angry because she did not want to follow him home after paying her for sexual services. He added that she told him she had another client waiting for her.

Zhou said the victim also told him she did not love him anymore so he used both hands to choke her. Zhou said that he choked the victim for less than a minute.

Zhou also admitted to police that he used his right hand to hold the knife and tried to cut the victim’s neck. Zhou then said he threw the knife out of the car when they were heading home.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
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