Man allegedly tries to drive off Suicide Cliff after beating GF

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A man who allegedly tried to drive off Suicide Cliff in his car—reportedly over the guilt he felt for beating his girlfriend—chose to waive his preliminary hearing yesterday.

Tristin Lance V. Muña, 25, waived his preliminary hearing yesterday before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho.

Muña, who is a 2021 Marianas Cup Weightlifting Tourney heavyweight division runner up, is being charged with disturbing the peace to include domestic violence, assault, assault and battery, interfering with a domestic violence report, and kidnapping. He is set to be arraigned on Aug. 2 at 9am before Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja.

Muña, who was allowed to post 10% of his initial $10,000 bail, remains under house arrest after being released to his mother last July 22.

According to court documents, Muña’s girlfriend reported the beating incident to police on July 15 after receiving a voice message from Muña via WhatsApp that he was going to end his life.

This prompted Department of Public Safety to notify all units that Muña was suicidal and Muña was later found at Suicide Cliff, where he tried to drive his vehicle off of the barricaded cliff. He failed to run off the cliff as the place had been barricaded after another such suicide incident months earlier.

The victim told police that it all started when Muña was “acting weird” earlier that evening. At about 10pm, the victim said she asked to look at Muna’s phone and she discovered that he had deleted messages he had sent to another woman.

The victim told Muña that she wanted to end the relationship. The victim noted that Muña had threatened to kill himself in the past when they would have arguments.

The victim said she went to take a shower and could hear Muña pacing in and out of the bedroom. When she came out, she saw Muña holding a bloody hand over a trash can. The victim said she was about to call their neighbor for help but when she tried to reach for her phone, Muña allegedly threw the phone across the room.

When the victim tried to push him away from her to call for help, Muna allegedly “snapped” and started punching her until she was on the floor with Muña standing over her.

The victim noted that Muña was punching her with two fists, with all his strength, because the punches were coming in too fast and too heavy.

Muña allegedly only slowed down when the victim said she wasn’t going to leave him.

When Muña stopped hitting her, the victim told him that she needed medical attention and to allow their neighbor, one of the victim’s friends, to take her to the hospital.

That was when Muña grabbed a few of his belongings and left their home.

Later, at around 10:45pm, the victim said she received a voice message from Muña saying that he “deserved to die” and “goodbye.” This prompted the victim to report the incident to police because she was afraid he would kill himself.

At around 11:48pm, police officers found Muña accelerating through the Suicide Cliff barricade. The vehicle did not go all the way through but police reported that the front tires of the vehicle were already off the cliff and they had to place rocks behind the two back tires to keep the vehicle from completely falling off the cliff.

Muña later told police that he was thinking about what he did to his girlfriend so he took his car and tried to end his life.

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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