Man arrested for alleged assault, other charges

Posted on Aug 05 2020

On Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at about 6:15pm, the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a call reporting an ongoing dispute in Kagman. The caller also stated that the individual was driving a blue sedan.

At about 6:30pm, an officer arrived at the scene, met with the victims, and noticed a nearby vehicle that had repeatedly been hit by a large object. The officer reported his findings to DPS central dispatch and continued to interview the victims. 

One of the victims told police that the suspect had arrived at their residence and introduced himself as Ben Basa, asking the victims if he could borrow their vehicle to attend a family meeting. When the victims asked him if he has a driver’s license, Basa allegedly replied that he would be borrowing someone’s license as he drove off with the vehicle. The victims then got into another vehicle and followed Basa to Kagman. One of the victims got down and told Basa that it made no sense to borrow someone’s driver’s license and he shouldn’t be driving if he didn’t have a driver’s license. Basa then asked the victims what their problem was and asked if they wanted to “fight” as he punched one of the victims.

Basa then got into the blue sedan and attempted to run the victims over. Before fleeing the scene, he rammed into a Hyundai Elantra parked near the scene.

The blue sedan was later found near the area with no sight of Basa. Another officer conducting patrol around the area located Basa and brought him to the Commonwealth Health Center for treatment of his injuries. Around 8pm, Basa was arrested for disturbing the peace, assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and criminal mischief. He was brought to the Department of Corrections where he was booked and put in jail. (PR)

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