Man allegedly threatens another with machete


A man allegedly swung a machete at the former boyfriend of his mother who came to their house in Chalan Kanoa to get his bicycle on Friday afternoon.

Ethen D. Sanchez, 18, also allegedly cut the tires of the bicycle after his mother’s former boyfriend refused to leave their property.

Sanchez was taken to Superior Court on Tuesday for assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace.

Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo kept the $10,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for Oct. 22 at 9am. Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig was appointed as counsel for Sanchez.

Police detective Daniel Maliuyaf stated in his report that three police officers responded on Friday to a store in Chalan Kanoa, where the victim called police that his bicycle had been stolen.

The victim told police that Sanchez swung a machete at him and cut his bicycle’s tires. He then showed the officers the bicycle with cut tires.

According to the victim, he went to the house of his former girlfriend to get his bicycle. Sanchez, who was at the house, cursed him and told him to leave.

Sanchez then allegedly took a machete and threatened the victim with it, swinging it about two to three inches from his chest.

The mother restrained Sanchez and pulled him away. The victim left the place and went to a store where he called police.

Police said Sanchez admitted to the allegations because his mother’s former boyfriend refused to leave their house.

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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