Man beaten in home invasion


A man was beaten in a home invasion and burglary over the weekend on Mt. Tapochau, according to the Department of Public Safety.

According to police, three men invaded the Mt. Tapochau home last Sunday and took with them valuable electronics. The men left the owner of the residence, an Asian man, bruised and bloodied. The DPS statement did not identify the victim.

In a short interview with DPS spokesman Adrian Pangelinan, he said that DPS has no suspects at the moment—not even the license plate of the car that was used as a getaway vehicle—because the victim’s eyes were in pain from the beating.

The victim was only able to describe one suspect as dark-skinned, with a skinny build, and wearing a red T-shirt and a pair of black short pants. He was unable to see the other suspects as his eyes were in pain, but he did mention that the individuals drove away in a white colored SUV, which looked like a Kia Soul.

At about 3:27am last Sunday, DPS received a call reporting a burglary and assault with a deadly weapon at a Mt. Tapochau residence and officers were immediately dispatched to the scene.

At about 3:41am, officers arrived at the scene and met with an individual who claimed to be the caller.

Officers noticed that the individual had a bloody nose and swollen eyes. Officers then called DPS central to have medics proceed to the scene.

The individual, an Asian male, told officers that three men came into his residence and took a black Acer laptop and a flatscreen television as he was in his bedroom.

The victim stated that his injuries were from one of the individuals, who hit him with a rock during a foot chase outside the home.

For anyone who may have any information related to the incident, call 911. For those who wish to remain anonymous, call the CNMI Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272.

The last reported home invasion on Saipan was back in May at a home in San Vicente, where a woman and a teenage male were beaten unconscious by an unknown masked individual.

DPS is still looking into the home invasion in San Vicente.

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
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