Man arrested for alleged sex assault

Girl found after going missing for 2 days

Peter Fritz Lizama

A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing in Koblerville last Thursday night was recovered by police the following day and resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old man.

Peter Fritz Lizama was arrested for sexual assault of a minor.

Police recovered the girl in Koblerville on Friday at 10:12am, according to acting police spokesman Lt. Jason Tarkong.

He said an anonymous person called 911 to report that the missing girl was walking in Koblerville. Police found the girl and brought her home.

Tarkong said police learned from the girl that she was with an adult male the past two days.

Police located the suspect, identified as Lizama, who confirmed that he was with the girl during the time she was reported missing. Lizama was then arrested.

Tarkong said that police responded to a missing person incident at Koblerville Housing number 11 last Thursday at 9:09pm.

Police learned that the girl did not return home from the day before, Wednesday.

Police investigation showed that the girl was seen leaving her house on Wednesday at 3pm. The girl told her mother she was going to her 15-year-old female friend’s house on Tinaktak St. in Koblerville. The mother told her to be back home before dark.

At 10:12pm that night, Wednesday, the girl’s sister received a text from the girl, saying she will be sleeping overnight at her friend’s house.

The next day, Thursday, the girl’s mother learned from her 16-year-old daughter that her 15-year-old sister did not attend school that day.

Family members attempted several times to locate and contact the girl, but there was no response.

Tarkong said police confirmed that the girl never visited or slept at her friend’s house or attended school on Thursday.

The Department of Public Safety issued an Amber alert early Friday morning. An Amber Alert is a child abduction alert system.

The report did not mention whether Lizama and the girl have a relationship.

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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