Man allegedly trespassed at PIC quarantine facility

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Police officers stationed at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan arrested a man for allegedly trespassing at the site, which is a designated COVID-19 quarantine site.

Two police officers arrested Taisacan Joseph Taisacan, 23, last week, for allegedly trespassing at the PIC quarantine site. Police noted that Taisacan was arrested months prior on similar charges.

During his initial bail hearing last Monday, Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed a $500 cash bail on Taisacan and he was remanded back to Department of Corrections custody.

Taisacan, who waived his preliminary last Monday, will be arraigned on Nov. 29, at 9am before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho.

According to court documents, Department of Public Safety officers Rodigan Jepen and Edwin Basto had been conducting a routine check at the northern beach side of PIC when Jepen saw a shirtless male, later identified as Taisacan, making his way toward the northern gate of PIC. He then turned and began walking toward the beach side.

Jepen noted that he recognized Taisacan from a previous encounter when he had actually entered the facility without authorization.

As Jepen was notifying his immediate supervisor about Taisacan, the trespasser allegedly tried to flee leading to a pursuit on foot that resulted in his arrest. Taisacan was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and nuisance.

According to Basto, he was approximately 50 feet away from Jepen when he heard Jepen talking to someone. Basto then turned around and began making his way towards Jepen.

As Basto made his way toward Jepen who was transmitting over the radio and

communicating with their supervisor, Taisacan took off running south toward Pak Pak Beach located south of the quarantine site.

Basto said Jepen ran after Taisacan and shortly after, he saw Jepen tackle him to the ground.

Basto said he assisted Jepen in securing Taisacan before escorting him to the front parking lot where he was later picked up and transported to the Department of Corrections.

Kimberly B. Esmores | 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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