Man allegedly knocks out girlfriend in beating


After allegedly beating up his girlfriend and knocking her out, a man poured water on her head to wake her up in San Antonio on Sunday night.

The woman, who had swollen eyes and scratches on her face, managed to run to the San Antonio Church, where she asked for help from a priest.

Raiton Datius, 46, was arrested early Monday morning on charges of assault and battery and disturbing the peace.

At a hearing yesterday, Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio imposed a $1,250 cash bail and required a third-party custodian.

Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer was appointed as counsel for Datius.

Assistant attorney general Margo Brown-Badawy urged the court to increase the original bail of $1,250 cash to $3,000 cash due to seriousness of the charges but the judge denied it.

Police detective Norman L. Skilling stated in his report that a police officer went to the San Antonio Church on Sunday at 10:54pm in response to a disturbance complaint.

Skilling said the officer met with the priest and the injured victim, whose short pants was torn and had dirt and grass debris all over her. Medics came and brought the victim to the hospital.

Skilling said preliminary investigation showed that Datius and his girlfriend got into an argument after she purchased some beer and lost the change. Datius accused his girlfriend of stealing. After reaching their house, Datius allegedly punched and slapped her in the face.

The suspect then pulled her short pants like he was trying to tear it off. He grabbed her and threw her into the jungle. She lost consciousness when she fell face down on the ground.

Datius tried to wake up his girlfriend by calling her name, then poured water on her head to wake her up.

When the victim regained consciousness, she ran away, but Datius chased her and apologized. The victim ran all the way to San Antonio Church, where she asked help from the priest.

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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