Man knocks out bar customer


A customer was injured and knocked out when a man allegedly punched him on the face at a bar in western Garapan Saturday night.

Christopher Broome was taken to the Commonwealth Health Center due to injuries to the bridge of his nose that required seven stitches.

The suspect, David James Maurer Aguon, 30, was arrested and taken to Superior Court yesterday for bail hearing on charges of assault and battery, and aggravated assault and battery.

Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio imposed an $11,000 cash bail and set the preliminary hearing for March 18 at 9am.

Kim-Tenorio found Aguon not indigent and ordered him to hire a private attorney.

Assistant attorney general Betsy Weintraub appeared for the government.

Police Detective Catherine B. Pangelinan stated in her report that a police officer was sent to CHC’s emergency room to investigate an injured person on Sunday at 3:36am.

When the officer arrived in the trauma room, he observed Broome with a Band-Aid on his nose and blood coming out of his nostrils.

Broome told the officer that he was punched on the face and was knocked out at White and Black Bar in western Garapan. Police Officer Jason Tarkong later called another officer on Sunday at 11:45am and that Broome identified the suspect inside Tribes Bar in Garapan.

Tarkong interviewed a witness, who identified Aguon inside the Tribes Bar as the person who punched Broome on the face.

On Sunday at 2:17pm, police arrested Aguon.

Broome told police that he was over at White and Black Bar with three friends when Aguon knocked him out by punching him on the face.

Saipan Tribune learned that Broome was apparently harassing Aguon, prompting the latter to punch him.

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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