Man allegedly wanted to be arrested

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The Department of Public Safety arrested a man who purposely destroyed objects at a bar to get the police attention because he allegedly wanted to get arrested.

Last Monday, at around 5:37pm, DPS officers arrested habitual offender Zeric Gant, 22, at Relox Bar in Garapan after he threw a fit and damaged property because he said he wanted to get arrested.

During a bail hearing yesterday, Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed a $1,000 cash bail on Gant and remanded him back to Department of Corrections custody.

He was ordered to return to court on Oct. 18 to be arraigned before Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja.

During the court proceedings, it was found that Gant was on probation for a crime involving assault and battery that he pleaded guilty to back in December 2020.

According to a police report, police responded to a criminal mischief report at around 5:35pm last Monday at the Relox Bar.

At the scene, police were immediately greeted by Gant who held both his hands out above his head and told police to arrest him and waste no time doing so.

“Arrest me now, I want to go to jail. That’s why I broke those things,” Gant told responding officers, who handcuffed him and brought him to the Department of Corrections.

During a preliminary investigation the following day, Oct. 5, DPS officers interviewed a witness named Benjawan Shuman, an employee at the nearby Sawadee Massage establishment.

She told police that she locked herself inside the massage establishment along with two other colleagues because they were afraid of Gant whom they saw shouting outside.

The witness said Gant was also kicking and hitting the walls of the nearby establishments and even kicked a street sign.

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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