Man assaulted by girlfriend with metal pipe


An argument over Facebook messages led to domestic violence and caused a man to land in the hospital due to injuries after his girlfriend allegedly attacked him with a metal pipe at an apartment in Chalan Kanoa last Sunday.

Amber Francine Castro Garrido, 27, a hotel employee, was arrested for assault and battery, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace.

The boyfriend was treated at the Commonwealth Health Center’s emergency room for an open wound on the left inner part of his thumb.

At yesterday afternoon’s hearing, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho allowed the temporary release of Garrido to a third party custodian upon posting a $5,000 unsecured or appearance bond.

Preliminary hearing will be on May 7 at 1:30pm.

Chief public defender Douglas Hartig was appointed as counsel for Garrido. Assistant attorney general Heather Barcinas appeared for the government.

According to police detective Leopoldo Theodore Mejia Duenas Jr. in his report, last Sunday at 12:03pm, Department of Public Safety dispatch sent units to a reported stabbing incident at an apartment on Donicio Avenue in Chalan Kanoa.

Duenas said when a police officer responded to the apartment, he observed medics were wrapping the left thumb of the victim, who was then transported to CHC.

Duenas said the officer learned that Garrido approached his boyfriend, who was eating in the kitchen/dining table, and confronted him about Facebook messages between him and his former girlfriend.

Garrido allegedly shouted at his boyfriend why he deleted the messages. She then threw his cell phone to the floor, causing the screen to crack.

Garrido went to the living room, grabbed a metal pipe, and repeatedly hit her boyfriend with it.

The boyfriend observed that a small chunk of his skin from the thumb fell to the floor.

As the boyfriend was sitting down and applying pressure to his thumb to stop the bleeding, Garrido allegedly took a plate of fried rice and threw the rice to his face.

She also threw two cartons containing 20 raw eggs at her boyfriend.

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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