Man arrested for allegedly threatening to burn own family


A man was arrested for allegedly burning papers, throwing $250 into a fire, and threatening to burn his family at their residence in Koblerville Turnkey Housing on Saturday night.

Jesse Billy Mailuw Jr., 40, was arrested on Monday night in Koblerville for assault with a dangerous weapon, assault, and disturbing the peace.

At a hearing yesterday, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $20,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for April 19 at 1:30pm.

Camacho appointed assistant public defender Tillman Clark as counsel for Mailuw. Assistant attorney general Emily Cohen appeared for the government.

According to Police Detective Peter A. Aldan in his report, a patrol officer responded to Koblerville Turnkey Housing on Saturday at 2:24am shortly after the Department of Public Safety Central received a call about a domestic violence.

Aldan said when the officer arrived at the house Mailuw had already fled the scene on foot.

Aldan said preliminary investigation showed that on Friday night, Mailuw got mad of the mess in the room of his 15-year-old daughter.

Mailuw threatened that if he comes back in 10 minutes and it’s still a mess, he was going to burn his daughter’s room and her clothes.

As Mailuw was talking with his wife in the living room, he started to get mad, burned some papers, and threw them at his wife’s chest while she was carrying their baby.

Mailuw threatened his wife that he’s going to burn all of them in the house.

The wife put out the paper that was burning in the living room. Mailuw sat down in the living room and began burning papers and threw them at his wife.

When the daughter tried to stop Mailuw, the latter got angrier and grabbed a Tupperware containing soup and threw it at his mother. The soup instead hit the wall, splashing all over his mother.

Mailuw then took money from his mother and tried to burn it. The wife grabbed the money away, preventing Mailuw from burning the money.

The daughter said while she was helping her grandmother clean the soup off the floor, Mauluw again burned papers and threw them thrice at her grandmother.

Mailuw demanded from his wife $250 in payment for the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s power bill.

Mailuw took the money outside and threw it into a fire that was burning outside.

The son ran to his aunt’s house and asked her to call the police because they were all scared of their father burning them and the 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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